The National Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t kick off till the 29th of this month but Mike Licht has already put together more information than you thought there was to find about the upcoming bloom. Most notable (or is that notional?), to me anyway, is the article he scared up indicating that in 1999 a family of beavers chewed up 14 of our trees.
There’s beavers in the tidal basin? Okay, there were beavers in the tidal basin?
Well, Mike did. Check out his post, it’s got a lot of interesting links about the history of the trees, the Japanese traditions surrounding them, and info on several other events related to the bloom but not among the official Cherry Blossom Festival organization offerings.
Image courtesy of DWinton
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs