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Go Beyond the Tidal Basin— Experience the Arboretum’s Flowering Cherries!


Skip the crowds and enjoy the beauty of spring-blooming flowering cherries at the U. S. National Arboretum. Visitors can see a greater diversity of flowering cherries—over 200 different species, varieties and cultivated forms—and enjoy them for a longer period of time than those at the Tidal Basin. From mid-March through mid-April one or more of over 2,000 ornamental cherry trees will be in peak bloom, some of them spectacular specimens of mature weeping and double-flowered forms. Learn interesting facts about the types, history, care, and culture of the Arboretum’s cherries through a self-guided tour available in the Administration Building lobby or online. Signs mark the tour stops from March 27 through April 11.

Arboretum research scientist Dr. Margaret Pooler will take you behind the scenes of the Arboretum’s flowering cherry research program during a free illustrated talk and tour on Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm. [create link to the event page] She’ll explain how the first new flowering cherry tree released from the Arboretum program, 'Dream Catcher', was created and why its successor was named 'First Lady'.

Cherry Blossom FestivalStop by the Arboretum’s booth at the 50th annual Sakura Matsuri, the Japan-America Society’s bustling street festival in downtown D.C., on Saturday, April 10 from 11 to 6. Our bonsai experts will be demonstrating bonsai techniques, and we have something for you to take home!

The Arboretum is a participating organization in the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is Washington D.C.'s and the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2010 Festival is March 27 - April 11, and features signature events, daily cultural performances, art exhibits, sport competitions and more. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 98th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the citizens of the United States and Japan. For schedules and information visit or call the Festival hotline at (877) 44BLOOM.

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Last Updated   March 19, 2010 3:09 PM