The cherry blossoms at Dumbarton Oaks are in the puffy white stage and haven’t yet started opening. They’re probably running a few days behind most of the trees at the Tidal Basin. But there are some other beautiful trees in bloom there, including Japanese Plum trees and Tulip Magnolias.
Part of a large, historic estate in Georgetown, the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks have a handful of large cherry trees. So if you’re looking for a much less busy alternative to see cherry blossoms, it’s a good option. And if you go in the next several days, the Japanese Plum trees are a highlight. The gardens as a whole are still some time away from their springtime prime, but it’s a beautiful, calm oasis in the middle of DC.
In the spring the gardens are open Tuesday to Sunday from 2 to 6. More information, including entry fee rates, is available on their website.
At this time of year, there are beautiful flowers to be had all over the place. Maybe in your backyard. Maybe in the local park.
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