Bring nature inside this cherry blossom season.

By Stacey Leasca
April 02, 2020
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Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms have long been a favored attraction to spring travelers. However, this year, it appears we will have to all sadly miss out on seeing the blooms in person. But, that isn’t stopping the National Parks Service from bringing the cherry blossoms to you.

This year, the Trust for the National Mall, along with the National Park Service and The National Cherry Blossom Festival, is bringing the beloved nature event into living rooms around the globe with the BloomCam.

“Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms signal the arrival of spring and symbolize hope, renewal, and friendship and that is especially important right now,” Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, said in a statement.“We are thrilled we can bring the blossoms to people this year – even if people can’t get to see the cherry trees.”

The BloomCam shows a live view of the trees and rotates views approximately every 60 seconds to give everyone prime spots. Those viewing can use the hashtag #BloomWhereUR on social media so share the love too.

“Once the National Cherry Blossom Festival was canceled, we immediately began thinking creatively about virtual ways to allow the more than 1.5 million people who typically visit this time of year to continue to celebrate and support the cherry blossoms - one of the most popular and beloved sites in Washington, D.C.,” Catherine Townsend, President and CEO of the Trust for the National Mall, said in a statement. “It is our goal to encourage collective sharing of the cherry blossoms, albeit from our homes, as symbols of hope, renewal, and friendship during this time, while helping to build a wider community of support for the long-term care and maintenance of these beloved natural treasures on the National Mall.”

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Beyond viewing the trees, the group is also hoping people engage with their campaign to build the Cherry Tree Endowment and “help spread the word to others that we’re supporting the long-term care and maintenance of these beloved Cherry Trees for generations to enjoy.”

The Trust for the National Mall explained, each year, about 90 cherry trees need to be replaced, and keeping them healthy and blooming well requires “year-round maintenance for optimal health and longevity, but current funds only allow for limited maintenance.”

Want to help keep the trees blooming for years to come? According to the group, those interested can endow a tree for $1,000. The endowment can come from an individual, a crowd-funding team, as a company, or in honor of someone.

For each $1,000 donated, the group explained, donors will receive a certificate with a number indicating the general location of the tree their donation will support. And, of course, the knowledge that they helped save one of America’s most beautiful travel attractions.