Sightseeing in DC: Cherry Blossoms

Photo by Jim Brickett

Photo by Jim Brickett

If you aren’t from DC you may not know about the fabulous cherry blossoms that bloom around the tidal basin in the heart of DC. They will peak this year while CIL attendees are in the city. What a treat.

The Washington Post has a great cherry blossom guide in the paper today with lots of facts I didn’t know! One stand of flowering cherry trees come from a 1,400 year old tree in Japan.

Photo by Akoraisin

Photo by Akoraisin

The Jefferson Memorial, when it was built in 1937, required the cutting of 1,000 trees and at the time a group of women chained themselves to the trees in protest.  The first trees were planted in 1912.

Although I know we keep you busy at the conference, if you have time, check out the tidal basin.

Jane Dysart, Conference Program Chair

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