The National Cherry Blossom Festival returns March 20 to April 13, 2014 with nearly four glorious weeks to celebrate the gift of the Tidal Basin Cherry Trees to the United States from Japan in 1912.
What better time to experience nature's beauty than during the Festival! Just minutes from DC, Fairfax County is the place to stroll and enjoy several splendid gardens, which welcome National Cherry Blossom Festival visitors with a special gift (check in at each location's main information desk).
Between March 20th and April 13th, the visitors of the National Cherry Blossom Festival are invited to plan a self-guided tour of the area's splendid gardens. In addition to the District's iconic Tidal Basin and the U.S. National Arboretum, plan stops at the following not-to-miss sites in Fairfax County! (Be sure to call for the hours and directions!)
A historic 25-acre site on the banks of the Potomac River, River Farm was once part of George Washington's original five farms, and currently the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. The grounds offer spectacular river views, a wildlife garden and delightful children's areas, including the Fairy Tale and Hummingbird gardens. More information>
703-768-5700 - Free Admission
Green Spring Gardens
There's something here for everyone: a wooded stream, valley with ponds, a native plant garden, over 20 thematic demonstration gardens, and a greenhouse filled with tropicals. It's an outdoor classroom, a museum and a national historic site. More information>
703-642-5173 - Free Admission
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
More than 100 cherry trees surrounding a lovely lake, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage. More information>
703-255-3631 - Small Entrance Fee
Click the image below to visit the live web cam of the Tidal Basin, Washington, DC's most famous cherry blossom-viewing spot!