Mar 12th, 2015

Cherry Blossoms Make Debut on New Cherry Tree Walk

Cherry Blossoms and Cherry Tree Walk

Have you ever been issued a “save the date” card without an actual date? Seems silly I suppose, but with our new Cherry Tree Walk blooming for the first time this year, we are gearing up for a very exciting spring. Trouble is, no one can predict exactly when they will bloom. Predicting the bloom time for Washington, D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival around the Tidal Basin has become a focus “Bloom Watch,” set up by the National Park Service.  They are predicting 2015 peak bloom dates as April 11 – 14, 2015. Traditionally we are about a week to 10 days earlier. So possibly, maybe, (yes we are totally guessing) ours might peak around April 3-4.

I can’t think of anyone who takes the cherry blossoms more seriously than the National Park Service. In addition to the horticulturists who monitor the trees’s buds during this time period, they have a fascinating informational page with detailed pictures from green color in buds to peduncle elongation to “puffy white” bud descriptions. But we take our cherry blossoms seriously too! The trees around the Tidal basin in D.C. are mostly Yoshino (Prunus x yedoensis) but they also have Kwanzan, now called Prunus ‘Kanzan’.

Our Cherry Tree Walk, on the other hand has a wide variety of specimens (even including some ornamental plums and edible fruiting cherry trees) in order to add variety and to extend the bloom time as much as possible.  Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman also added some rare Prunus specimens from the  U. S. National Arboretum as well. So stay tuned to our Facebook page, our Instagram photos and this blog. We’ll be keeping you posted on cherry blossom bloom time as much as we can, but also, pencil in a trip to the Garden the week of April 1st – April 12th. You won’t want to miss our inaugural Cherry Tree Walk bloom.  Come to think of it, April 4-5 is Easter Weekend with Peter Rabbit, so why not make a weekend of it, have Easter Brunch, do some shopping, and make this a weekend to remember.

Update: One of our readers was kind enough to point me in the direction of a full list of cherry trees in the National Park Service collection including the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park, Washington Monument, and other D.C. parks. Turns out that while most of them are Yoshino or Kanzan, they also have quite a few other varieties including more varieties than I could list here.  Check out the link if you are curious! 

Cherry Blossoms and the Conservatory


Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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  • This is a interesting tropic. I wish i would be there to join the cherry blossom festival. But it is not possible in Bangladesh. Thank you Jonah Holland.

  • Quick update folks! We may see blooms earlier than forecast – the Prunus campanulata ‘Okame’ are starting to bloom in the Asian Valley:

  • Sarah Amick

    Love this!!! 🙂 I’m so glad that I can enjoy walking among the lovely cherry blossoms in a beautiful setting this year without having to go to DC!

    • Thanks Sarah! We are excited too. Please let us know what you think when you go — we’d love to see your photos. If you like you can put them on our Facebook page, or email them to me: JonahH (at)

      • Sarah Amick

        I will definitely let you know! Yes, I’d be happy to share my photos on your Facebook page, and most likely Instagram too. 🙂

  • Awesome! Thanks Sarah.

  • Portia Chan

    Hi Jonah! Thank you for this blog entry. We’re so excited to go on the cherry blossom walk at Lewis Ginter. We usually go to DC for the cherry blossom festival. It’s great that RVA has its own collection of cherry blossoms, too. We’re looking forward to a fun and beautiful Easter weekend at the Gardens. Thank you for all that you do!

    • Thanks for being such a great support of the Garden Portia. I love it whenever I see you and your family here enjoying it.

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