It's that time of year in DC...The Cherry Blossom Festival!! These beautiful Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) have snowy white blooms and Kwanzan Cherry (Prunus serrulata, 'Kwanzan') the fluffly double pink bloomers, bring lots of joy (AND tourists) to our Nation's Capitol. A quick little history tidbit from the National Park Service Website:
"The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages."
Being a landscape designer in the spring always means-MADNESS! We are slammed crazy busy designing and installing beautiful gardens, fixing up the snow damage and on occasion trying to take a little breather to appreciate things like this
If you've never been to see the blossoms in real life I would highly advise you to make the trek, it is well worth your while! Not only are the trees amazing, the weather has been cooperating allowing them to bloom in time for the Cherry Blossom festival! You can check out the details on the National Park Service website. DC has lots of other great Cherry related events. Many restaurants craft special menu items to include cherries and even more bars come up with cherry, pink or japanese inspired drinks in honor of this special event.
This beverage is from Mie N Yu and looks yummy!
Even local jewelry designer Suzanne Somersall has come up with a beautiful tribute to our local blossoms. I think these are simple, elegant and timeless, not to mention a nice way to remember a trip to DC!
If you need any good DC or VA tips let me know! Enjoy the sunshine today!