D.C.’S TIDAL BASIN, famous for its cherry blossoms, is
a springtime destination. But some say the 1,000-plus cherry
trees that form a delicate pink canopy over the streets of
Chevy Chase’s Kenwood neighborhood are even more magnificent, typically peaking a few days after those downtown, in
late March or early April. The Yoshino cherry trees (the same
variety as most of the trees at the Tidal Basin) were planted in
Kenwood in the 1930s and ’40s.
“What’s great about the cherry blossoms is they are so quick and
fleeting that you have to drop everything to go and enjoy them,”
says Bethesda resident Evelyn Sahr, who considers admiring the
trees in Kenwood by foot or bike—even by car at night when the
colors are different—a favorite family tradition. “It’s just magical.”
Adjacent to the Kenwood Golf & Country Club, the neighbor-
hood is bordered by River Road, Little Falls Parkway and Golds-
boro Road. Parking is limited within Kenwood, so leave your car
in a nearby neighborhood and enter on Brookside Drive or via
the Capital Crescent Trail. On Kenwood’s medians and near its
small playground, you’ll find families picnicking, kids selling
lemonade and everyone snapping pictures amid the beautiful
backdrop of spring. Residents have one request to keep the trees
healthy: No climbing, please.
—Caralee Adams P H
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