February 29, 2012
2012 Cherry Blossom Festival

Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist for the National Park Service, announces the peak blooming days in 2012 for Washington's cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Prediction Announced March 1

WASHINGTON — When will the cherry blossoms bloom in 2012? A press conference hosted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Park Service will be held Thursday at the Newseum to predict the peak blooming period.

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When: March 1, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News

  • Jim Duff, chief executive officer of the Newseum, will give the welcoming remarks
  • Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist at the National Park Service, will predict the 2012 blooming period

For a complete list of speakers and additional details about the festival, please visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2012 festival, held March 20-April 27, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C., and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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