By late 19th century, the quantity and diversity of tree species located in Washington earned the District the moniker “City of Trees.” It was during this era that Eliza Scidmore, an American writer, photographer and first female board member of the National Geographic Society, began her many visits to the country that came to captivate her: Japan. There Scidmore first encountered Prunus x yedoensis–the exquisite flowering Yoshino cherry tree. Join Washington Walks and local non-profit Casey Trees for a walking tour recounting how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District and the different varieties found in the area. The walk will include up-close looks at notable trees in the Enid Haupt Garden (located on the south side of the Smithsonian Castle), along the National Mall, and on the grounds of the Department of Agriculture headquarters. American elms, a rare pond-cypress, and a pair of old ginkgoes are a few of the trees that will be featured in addition to Japanese cherry trees. Each has a unique story and place in the tree canopy of America’s capital city.
Led by Carolyn with special guest Shawn Walker of Trees 101, LLC
Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. Since its founding, the organization has planted over 21,000 trees across all eight Wards and educated thousands on the important role trees play in making the District a more livable community.
All proceeds from the walk will be donated to Casey Trees.
What Is Not Included?
The Cherry Blossom Tree Walk with with Casey Trees will not include a guided tour of the Tidal Basin area along the National Mall. Although this is the site of hundreds of Japanese cherry trees, springtime crowds prevent us using that route. The walk will, however, conclude at the Tidal Basin, allowing participants to explore the area on their own.