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 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 also 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, a pair of old ginkgoes, and a Bradford pear planned by Lady Bird Johnson in 1966 are a few of the trees that will be featured. Each has a unique story and place in the tree canopy of America’s capital city.
Registration available on the Washington Walks website. All proceeds from the walk will be donated to Casey Trees.
The walk will begin in the Smithsonian area with the exact meeting location provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.
Washington Walks guide
Priscilla Plumb, Youth Programs Coordinator, Casey Trees
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about Japanese chery trees and other notable tree species in the District.
This event will take place rain or shine barring severe weather so please wear appropriate clothing. We recommend participants bring water.
The walk will cover about 1.5 miles at a steady pace. Restrooms are not available during the walking tour.