Spring in Washington, D.C., officially arrives with the blooming of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the District each year to admire these trees that surround the Tidal Basin. Many will use their trip to tour museums and local landmarks like the U.S Capitol while in town.
Our Capitol Grounds crew cares for both big and small groups of cherry trees of a few different varieties (Yoshino and Japanese flowering). One of the largest groupings is in Lower Senate Park, where there are more than 100 cherry trees lining the fountain and pathways. One of the smallest is a single tree of note commemorating the 150th anniversary of U.S.-Japanese relations and the 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa.
Whether you live in the area or are coming from afar, be sure to also stop and see the cherry blossoms sprinkled throughout the U.S. Capitol campus.