Cherry Blossom Season is Here!


Cherry Blossom Season is Here!

The cherry blossom bomb is dropping any day now in Maryland and DC. This annual passage into spring is a regional event that draws people from around the country. Most of these visitors head straight into DC for their cherry blossom festival, but did you know that Montgomery County has its own storied collection of cherry trees?

The Kenwood neighborhood was developed in the early 1930s and planted with thousands of cherry trees as a draw to potential buyers. Over 1,200 trees remain with many of them close to 100 years old! Kenwood straddles Bethesda and Chevy Chase and the best way to view the hundreds of thousands of blooms is to take a drive down Kennedy Drive, Dorset Avenue, and Kenwood Avenue.

While you’re there, park and take a stroll and enjoy the mini yard sales and lemonade stands put on by the residents.

The blooms should be hitting by the first week of April and you can check on the progress through the National Park Service’s “Bloom Watch” page.

Getting There:

By Metro:

Take the red line to the Bethesda station, and then enter the Capital Crescent Trail on Bethesda Avenue. The walk from the Metro to the neighborhood entrance is a do-able mile and a half.

By Bike or Foot:

If you’re feeling adventurous and looking for a workout, you can pick up the Capital Crescent Trail at its terminal point right under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown, and bike or run along a scenic six-mile route straight into Kenwood.

By Car:

Kenwood is an easy drive from anywhere in Montgomery County including downtown Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown. The drive from Washington, DC to Kenwood takes between 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the time-of-day. Remember, street parking is limited.