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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL®

Festival Dates: March 20 - April 15

Peak Bloom Dates: April 8-12 (Updated March 23)
Join us in America's greatest springtime celebration! The National Cherry Blossom Festival® returns with nearly one glorious month to celebrate the gift of the Tidal Basin Cherry Trees to the United States from Japan in 1912. Just minutes from DC, Fairfax County is a great place to stay for the festival, and a great place to visit a trio of splendid gardens, which welcome National Cherry Blossom Festival® visitors with a special gift.


 

Fairfax County's Glorious Gardens Self-Guided Tour 

Between March 20 and April 15, visitors to 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 gardens in Fairfax County, and pick up your Festival schedule and your free Festival souvenir! (Be sure to call for the hours and directions!) 

River Farm

River FarmThis 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. River Farm is acclaimed for its spell-binding vistas stretching down to the Potomac River, along with its creative children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and colorful flower displays. It is a favorite site for weddings, family picnics, bird-watchers, and painters. The Garden Shop at River Farm has a selection of garden tools, and one of the best selections of gardening books in the D.C. area.  River Farm is open year-round Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. From April through September, it is also open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. River Farm is closed on national holidays. 703-768-5700 - Free Admission

 


Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring GardensGreen Spring Gardens is a "must visit" for everyone in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. It's a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener. It's also a museum, a national historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins. There's something here for everyone: a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, over 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse filled with tropicals, and a well-stocked horticultural reference library. Visit the Garden Gate Plant Shop and our two gift shops where you'll find gift ideas ranging from books and gardening gloves to china and wind chimes. 703-642-5173 - Free Admission

 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical GardensBeauty, conservation, education and discovery flourish throughout the year at this 95-acre complex of large ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens features walking trails, lakes, more than twenty varieties of cherry trees (over 100 trees), irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.  Meadowlark is also home to the only public Korean Bell Garden in the entire Western Hemisphere complete with two ton bell! Please plan a trip to the garden to see the expert craftmanship of the bell pavilion, the simplicity of the landscape and the breathtaking view of the rest of the gardens. 703-255-3631 - Small Entrance Fee

 


Scenes From The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Helpful Links

Tidal Basin Welcom Area - Cherry Blossom Festival

Tidal Basin Welcome Area

Provides visitor services, first aid, food, souvenirs, books, and more. Park rangers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the Festival. Open March 24 - April 08. More
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Getting To The Blossoms

Get to know your transportation options for traveling around the area quickly and easily so you can spend more time experiencing the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More
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History of the Cherry Blossoms

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. More