Cherry Blossoms in March 2017

It was a rainy Sunday in Seattle but cherry trees in bloom signaled the hope of Spring.

One of the best places to see and feel the hope of Spring is by going to the campus of the University of Washington in north Seattle to enjoy the blossoming cherry trees.

The Quad on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle features Yoshino cherry trees.

The university campus has Yoshino cherry trees planted on the Quad, a quadrangle of beautiful buildings in Collegiate Gothic architecture.  Despite the drizzle of rain on Sunday, March 26, 2017, students, tourists, and tree-lovers of all kinds circulated on the walkways and held up cameras to capture the scene.

These very large cherry trees are about eighty years old and were re-planted on the university campus in the early 1960s, after being moved out of the way of a highway project.  The trees were about twenty years old at that time and miraculously survived the transfer.  The trees are now near their expected lifespan and are so beloved that the university has a plan for new Yoshino trees to gradually replace the old ones.

As crowds of people were enjoying the blossoms on Sunday, a campus security guard watched over the scene to make sure that no one climbed up into the trees, which could potentially cause damage to the branches.

The cherry blossoms complement the Collegiate Gothic buildings on the Quad.

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.
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2 Responses to Cherry Blossoms in March 2017

  1. Orion T says:

    YES!! I shall visit sometime next weekend. Always a treat to see them every year 🙂

  2. Being a WSU Coug, I try to avoid UW at all costs, BUT love hearing the history of the trees!

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