A wrap up of the curtailed 2020 DC cherry blossom season. See you again in 2021!
Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.
You can find the most recent updates here.
Local officials are strongly urging people to avoid the Tidal Basin area. In the past few days, they’ve upgraded their warnings from “be careful” to “please don’t come.” To discourage visitors, they’ve closed roads nearby, and Metro has closed some nearby stations.
To comply with these stay-away recommendations, I’m going to cut short the coverage this year. As a result, last Friday’s update, when the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom, will be the last update for this season. As much as I would love to be able to continue posting more photos and videos of the beautiful blossoms to take our minds off everything else going on for a few moments, I can no longer do it while safely sticking to official guidance on visiting the Tidal Basin.
I very much appreciate everyone’s kind words and support this season when so few people had the opportunity to see the blossoms in person. Thank you. I look forward to next year’s bloom, which will certainly be just as beautiful as ever and hopefully come in happier and calmer times.
In the meantime, here are some highlights from this year’s cherry blossoms (and one of the magnolias). These were taken between March 14 and 20. And you can find some more from previous years here.
Stay safe, and see you again in 2021!
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the historic National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.
Last updated March 23, 2020