reunion was all about the "AWESOME
BLOSSOM" -- the cherry trees in full bloom
for our 2006 reunion.
Our hosts: Stan
of 1964 and Kathi Brooks Pawlowski, Class
of 1965 knew how to pick a reunion date that would correspond
to the blossoming of the cherry trees.
the Cherry Trees - The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms
reach their peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on
the weather. Unseasonably warm and/or cool temperatures have resulted
in the trees reaching peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and
as late as April 18 (1958). The blooming period can last up to
14 days. They are considered to be at their peak when 70 percent
of the blossoms are open. The dates of the National Cherry Blossom
Festival are set based on the average date of blooming, which
is around April 4th. Each year, the chief horticulturist for the
National Park Service forecasts the expected peak bloom dates.
3,750 cherry trees are on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Most
of the trees are Yoshino Cherry. Other species include Kwanzan
Cherry, Akebono Cherry, Takesimensis Cherry, Usuzumi Cherry, Weeping
Japanese Cherry, Sargent Cherry, Autumn Flowering Cherry, Fugenzo
Cherry, Afterglow Cherry, Shirofugen Cherry and Okame Cherry.