The Puffs Meet Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Memorial during National Cherry Blossom Festival
The Jefferson Memorial, viewed from across the Tidal Basin

The Puffs enjoy visiting new places where they love to smell new things and see new people. This week their human took them to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The PuffTales and the Washington Monument
Bif is really curious about the cherry blossoms.

This is the time of year that the dogs go walking with their human to look at lots of flowers. There are many different types of flowers to see. Some are low to the ground, and others are on trees. Their favorite blooms the last few weeks are daffodils and cherry blossoms. These are some of the earlier blooming flowers, and make everything outside cheerful as Spring begins!!

The Puffs with spring flowers
The Puffs love the new sights and smells of spring!

Bif and Doc’s home town of Washington, DC, is known for cherry blossoms, and has a long history with the trees.

The famous cherry trees were a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo to the United States in 1912. The trees were originally planted around the Tidal Basin, a man-made basin built in the 1800s to help control water and sediment as the tide impacts the Potomac River.

cherry blossoms
Cherry blossoms in Washington, DC

The trees around the Tidal Basin became a beloved feature of the city. By the 1930s, when plans were being made to build the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, there was concern about removing any of the trees to build a memorial. The issue of preserving the trees became so contentious there were some women who chained themselves together to prevent them from being removed.

As a compromise, more trees were planted around the Jefferson Memorial to compensate for the removed trees.

Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms
There are many trees surrounding the Jefferson Memorial

There is an annual National Cherry Blossom Festival which started in 1934. This year’s festival is ending this weekend after three weeks of educational, cultural, and athletic events and activities. The city is full of people participating in the events and looking at the beautiful blooms on the trees.

The Puffs at the Cherry Blossom Festival
The Puffs love meeting all of the new people who are visiting Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

We hope that you learned something new about the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Bif and Doc love going on adventures. You can see more of their day to day sights on Instagram, or Facebook. Make sure to share with your friends.

Do you have good memories of the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Share them in the comments! We would love to hear from you!

Bif and Doc of Pufftales visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.
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