It wouldn’t be a spring in D.C. without the infamous Cherry Blossoms. The good news is we are only a few weeks away from this beautiful time in the city. The Cherry Blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial and seeing them is a must! These trees surround the Tidal Basin and line the shores of the Potomac River and Washington Channel. The time of full bloom varies year to year (can happen any time in between the middle of March and the middle of April) but should happen this year at some point between April 9th and 13th. Remember, as quickly as they bloom, they are gone even quicker so make sure you see them while you can! Our Nosegay florist team can't wait for these beautiful D.C. flowers to be in full bloom.
Even as a D.C. native, we’ve always wondered where these beautiful and unique trees came from and how they ended up in D.C. The Cherry Trees date back to 1912 and were gifted to the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, these cherry trees are known as “Sakura” and are more common in plant form. The Cherry Trees are meant to symbolize the energy that comes along with human life and the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The majority of Cherry Trees that surround the Tidal Basin in D.C. were gifted throughout the 1960s to early 2000s at different important points during American history. These Cherry Trees have been gifts from the Japanese Government to the U.S. government. Through this cycle of giving, the cherry trees have fulfilled their role as a symbol and an agent of friendship.
Also, if you have a chance, make sure you stop by the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 12th. The Parade runs from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW and is open to the public. You’ll be sure to find vibrant colors running throughout the Parade as well as a few special appearances from musicians. We know all D.C. florists are looking forward to this time of year so make sure you don’t miss out!