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National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. Celebrates 100 Years

March 12, 2012, 11:34 am
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is going above and beyond this spring to mark 100 years of beautiful blooms. This year the festival is extending from two weeks to six weeks from March 20 to April 27. The projected 2012 Peak Bloom—when 70 percent of the flowers ...

National Cherry Blossom Festival is in Full Swing

March 30, 2011, 7:08 am
The National Cherry Blossom Festival at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is in full swing! The peak bloom period is expected to last through April 1, and the festival runs through April 10. To make the most of your trip, check out our list of Things to Do during ...

2011 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Predictions

March 3, 2011, 9:21 am
National Park Service Chief Horticulturist Rob DeFeo on Thursday morning offered his best educated guess for the date when Washington's famed cherry trees will be in peak bloom: March 29 to April 3. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which will run from March 26 through April 10. The average peak ...

Cherry Blossom Festival Tips

April 1, 2010, 7:50 am
Officials say the cherry blossoms are at their peak (yes, the National Park Service moved up the date). Here are some tips from The Washington Post on getting around: -- Tourists should avoid traveling by car or transit during the peak commuting times of 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 ...

Cherry blossoms to bloom earlier than expected in DC

March 23, 2010, 6:56 am
The National Park Service on Monday moved up its prediction of the peak bloom period for Washington’s famous cherry blossoms to April 1-4 from April 3-8, because of the weekend’s warm, pleasant weather, spokesman Bill Line said. The overall blooming period prediction was also moved up to March 28-April 9, ...

Manus 'Jack' Fish, 81, dies; led National Park Service work

March 5, 2010, 7:48 am
Manus "Jack" Fish, 81, the National Park Service regional director who oversaw the heavily trafficked National Mall, expanded the Civil War battlefield at Manassas and supervised the planting of 150,000 trees and millions of flowers in the parks and byways of greater Washington, died after a stroke Feb. 27 ...

NPS announces Peak Bloom Predictions for National Blossom Cherry Festival

March 4, 2010, 8:45 am
The cherry trees at the National Mall and Memorial Parks are expected to blossom once again during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. National Park Service horticulturalist and cherry tree expert Rob DeFeo, announced today that he predicts the blooming period will start March 31 and last until April 11. DeFeo ...

Snowfall has damaged Tidal Basin cherry trees

February 17, 2010, 7:41 am
This winter's extra-heavy snowfall has damaged one of the region's top tourist attractions. Along the Tidal Basin near the paddle boats, quite a few of Washington's iconic cherry trees are damaged. "A number of branches have been split, and there have been a couple of trees that have had the canopies ...

Our National Maul: Looking for a Plan to Save the Grass

February 17, 2010, 7:40 am
One year ago President Barack Obama took the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The crowd of half-frozen well wishers stretched nearly to the Washington Monument, four million feet inflicting even further damage on what is often called "the nation's front yard." Yet the National Park ...

Massive MLK memorial nearly ready for trip to National Mall for assembly

February 12, 2010, 12:03 pm
Sometime in the next several weeks, if all goes as planned, 159 huge blocks of granite will be loaded aboard ships in the seaport of Xiamen, China, for an 11,000-mile journey to Washington. Bound for a site on the Tidal Basin, the cargo includes one block that bears the likeness ...

Public invited to comment on plans to restore National Mall

January 21, 2010, 8:14 am
The National Park Service is moving forward on plans to revamp the National Mall after an attempt to restore America's front yard failed in last year's stimulus package. After a three-year process, the National Park Service has created a long-term draft plan to restore the National Mall's grounds and facilities. ...

This MLK holiday, work has begun on memorial in DC

January 18, 2010, 7:59 am
Construction is finally under way on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall after more than a dozen years of planning, fundraising and legal wrangling. Workers have been clearing the site on the Tidal Basin since Dec. 28. They will move some trees to another part of ...

Last U.S. vet of WWI wants national memorial in D.C.

December 3, 2009, 7:55 am
Frank Buckles, 108 years old, figures he has one more contribution to make.Buckles, the last U.S. veteran of World War I, wants to see a memorial to his fellow soldiers on the National Mall. To make the case, he is scheduled to appear at a Senate hearing today.He will ...

Sprucing Up the National Mall

November 30, 2009, 7:33 am
The National Park Service is soon replacing 273 trees and shrubs hit by disease or just plain wear and tear.Pruning and treatment of ailing elm trees is also part of the project.Keeping the landscaping around the Capitol and Washington's beautiful monuments is key to showing them off to their ...

Lottery to open for D.C. Christmas tree lighting

November 2, 2009, 7:05 am
The National Park Service will hold an online lottery this week to distribute tickets for the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in December. The lottery opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Nearly 10,000 free tickets will be distributed, including 7,000 standing-room tickets for the first time. The tree ...