Cherry Blossom Season from Lorie Shaull on Vimeo.

Lorie Shaull writes:

“This year I set out to capture the stretch of time from when spring begins to arrive in Washington DC and, along with it, the anticipation of cherry blossoms to come on through to the petals falling after peak bloom. A late spring snow with the Tidal Basin frozen over seemed an unseasonably cold but good day to begin recording the cherry blossom season. Locations: Tidal Basin, Congressional Cemetery, National Arboretum.

The song, “When the Moon Begins to Arise,” was kindly provided by Davide Martello. Two years ago, I was riding my bike near the mall in DC and happened to hear beautiful music; it turned out that Davide was playing his grand piano right there in the middle of the mall. About a week later, I was in New Orleans, I heard beautiful music and there again was Davide Martello! I’ve been enjoying his music ever since those two lucky little chance encounters.”


I’ve been getting nominations since late February but I knew that was way to soon to start. But now that we’ve hit April – I think it’s fair to start the hunt. Though keep in mind, last year, we had a bunch in August. Anyway, this’ll be the first nomination a reader sends in from Georgetown “Merry Christmas!”.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From Casey Trees:

“In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, Casey Trees will present four educational hikes through Rock Creek Park with local author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley. During these hikes, participants will hike the entire length of two major hiking trails, the Valley Trail and the Western Ridge Trail, to see Rock Creek Park throughout the seasons.

The Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike will take place on February 1, 2015. During this first tour, participants will hike the Valley Trail, after a linking hike on the Theodore Roosevelt Trail. The spring hike, on April 12, will take place along the Rock Creek floodplain and its upland woods, where participants will learn about Rock Creek’s woody plants and spring wild flowers. The subsequent hikes will take place on June 28 and October 25, 2015.

The distance of each hike is about 5 miles with some elevation change. All hikes are open to the general public. Participants may register for each hike separately for a fee of $35 or for the entire series at a discounted rate of $125.

Each registered participant will receive a copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, recounting the park’s many seasonal change and how it park came to be. Becoming one of the first federally managed parks in 1890 after broad deforestation during the U.S. Civil War, the park has since regained its lush canopy. The Rock Creek Park (Administration) will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with numerous events and initiatives.

For more information on the tree tours, visit here.”

Ed. Note: first tour is already booked but the next three are available here, here, and here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

Since we had depressing tree news yesterday. From a press release:

“More than 550 new trees now call D.C. home thanks to Casey Trees and the 350 volunteers who helped to plant them through Casey Trees’ Fall 2014 Community Tree Planting (CTP) season. The season brings the total number of trees planted by Casey Trees to 18,758, and inches D.C. closer to reaching 40 percent canopy by 2032.

“This season was all about parks, meditation spaces, playground shade and reclaiming lost forests,” said Casey Trees Volunteer Coordinator Katie Blackman. “Casey Trees staff and volunteers made the parks in our area greener for our friends and neighbors.”

One of this season’s largest planting events took place at The Park at LeDroit in Northwest D.C., where in partnership with the LeDroit Park Civic Association, more than 90 volunteers added 46 trees. These trees will enhance the surrounding LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale communities by increasing shade and decreasing storm water runoff in the flood-prone area.

Other sites of note include Battery Kemble Park (41 trees), Takoma Recreation Center (58 trees) and Fort Dupont Park (75 trees). In addition, 125 of the trees were planted at 14 public, private and charter schools across the District.

“We had a spectacular season planting with all types of community partners. It was a wonderful experience seeing and feeling the immediate change that our volunteers create through CTPs. I know that change will reverberate throughout the community,” said Casey Trees Arborist Becky Schwartz.

Established in 2005, the CTP program provides trees, tools and technical assistance at no cost to groups interested in adding 10 or more trees to private and public property. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but those received by May 1, 2015 will be considered for a fall 2015 or spring 2016 planting date. For more information, visit”