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
- On the grounds of the Department of Agriculture headquarters
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.
All proceeds from the walk will be donated to Casey Trees.
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- It's up to you. If you want to pay for your walk via credit card, the only way to do so is by purchasing in advance. If you prefer to pay cash, however, you are always welcome to just show up without an advance purchase. Either way we'd love to have you!
- What happens if I’m late?
- If you are late, you will miss the tour. Tours leave right on time, and to be fair to the whole group, we cannot wait for late arrivals. If you are not familiar with the meeting location area, please make sure to leave plenty of time to find it. Refunds cannot be provided.
- Where does this walk end?
- The Blossom Stroll with Casey Trees will conclude at the Tidal Basin area of the National Mall. The closest Metro station is Smithsonian, about a 15 minute walk.
- What sights do we see on the walk?
- 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 will be featured as well as sites like the Smithsonian Castle, Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
- How long is the walk and how fast do we go?
- The walk is approximately 1.5 miles in distance. We walk at a steady pace, stopping at frequently to discuss various sites.
- Is this walk suitable for children?
- No. The walk content aimed at an adult audience,
- I am bringing an infant/toddler. Do I need to purchase a ticket for him or her?
- No. Tickets are not required for children ages 3 and younger.
- What happens if it rains?
- Walks take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the day's forecasted weather conditions. Remember to bring water, sunglasses and sunscreen on warm, sunny days.
- Will I be able to shop and buy souvenirs during the walk?
- No. But your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction after the tour.
- Is the walk wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
- Yes. Most of our walking tours are accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers.
- Are restrooms available on the walk?
- No. Restrooms are not available during the walking tour. Be sure to use the facilities prior to arriving for the walk.
- Can I bring my dog on the tour?
- No. Unfortunately, we cannot allow animals other than service dogs to attend our walks.
- Are the walks only offered in English?
- Yes. Washington Walks are only offered in English.
- Can I bring a camera?
- Yes. There are a lot of great photo opportunities along the way!
- What is a Washington Walkabout card?
- A Washington Walkabout card is a type of reward program. You pay for four walks up front and present your card at every walk and then you get the fifth one free. You can purchase a Walkabout card from a Washington Walks guide at beginning of any walk. Each card is $60. Cards do not expire and can be used by one individual only. After you’ve taken your five walks, return the card to Washington Walks so we can thank you.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes. For details, please contact Washington Walks by clicking on the "Contact WashWalks" link.
- Can I book a private or a group tour?
- Yes. Private walks are available, although groups often decide to attend the public walk. For one thing, it is often less expensive; second, part of the fun of our walking tours is interacting with those who attend the public walk. If you are interested in booking a private walk, contact Washington Walks by clicking on the “Contact WashWalks” link.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or long-time resident, the same holds true: if you haven’t been on a Washington Walk, you haven’t been to Washington, D.C.!