Spring has arrived in the DC metro area, and we couldn’t be more excited about this most beautiful time of the year. From the world-renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival to the historic estates and gardens of Loudoun County, there are so many places to enjoy all the vibrant colors of spring in our region.
Where to See Spring Blooms Around the District
The stars of springtime in the District, the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin come alive in hues of pink and white and draw thousands of eager spectators to see their beauty against the backdrop of many of the nation’s most famous monuments. It’s certainly an occasion to experience.
There is a plethora of ways to experience the beauty of the blooms, too. Walk by foot, go for a ride with Capital Bikeshare or book a seat on the water taxi to enjoy the views from out on the Potomac. The peak days are hard to forecast far in advance, but they generally occur between late March and early April.
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, other beautiful destinations are found throughout Washington, DC. Particular favorites include the National Arboretum, which is open from 8am to 5pm daily. This 400+ acre facility is a photogenic destination all year-round, but it’s particularly popular this time of year because it also features the iconic pink-and-white blooms.
For an exceptional, intimate experience downtown that’s completely removed from the crowds and commotion, head to Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Northwest. This legendary historic estate offers 13-acres of specular urban gardens to enjoy, including vibrant flower beds and a Japanese-style garden.
Where to See Spring Blooms in Virginia
If you’re located further west or south, there are numerous places to see spring blooms in the Commonwealth.
For those living at Mayfair in Purcellville, the Bluffs at Sleeter Lake in Round Hill or Waterford Manor in Leesburg, the Rust Nature Sanctuary is the perfect destination for wild blooms. Or you can head to Oatlands Historic House & Gardens for a more curated garden tour. Finally, April will bring the Flower & Garden Festival to downtown Leesburg on April 27 and 28, and that’s one event you certainly won’t want to miss.
For those living in Prince William County in scenic new home communities such as Avendale or Potomac Shores, there are plenty of scenic spring flowers just outside your door. But come mid-April, you won’t want to miss out on The Festival of Spring at Burnside Farms in Nokesville. This is one of the largest pick-your-own-spring-flower events in all of North America. Guests stroll among eight acres to choose their favorites from almost one million spring blooms.
Where to See Spring Blooms in Maryland
If you’re closer to Annapolis or Baltimore — living at Admirals Square or Oakview Village — there are plenty of options outside of Washington, DC, for you, too. A particular favorite is the Historic London Town & Gardens, a preserved colonial town and garden sanctuary along the banks of the South River in Edgewater that features four different gardens to explore.
Other acclaimed destinations include Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, and the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden in Brookeville, MD. For avid garden adventurers, don’t miss out on the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage held later this spring!