The international flower spy loves spring in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S, in particular Maryland. It just so happens to be one of those rare states that has four true seasons. Spring would have to be one of its best--the flowering trees are everywhere and when the wind blows, it creates a shower of flower petals and color. It's not only gorgeous and fragrant, it's downright romantic. Finding these trees is easy if you live in any of the counties of this state. But if you are visiting or having a hard time finding them, here are some suggestions.
BALTIMORE COUNTY AND CITY: Historic Catonsville and Ellicott City, various sections; Druid Hill Park-Zoo area by water basin; Mt. Washington-Cross Country Boulevard; Bolton Hill-all streets have at least ten flowering trees that are worth the trip-they are old and BIG; Homeland neighborhood- Springlake Way; Guilford by Sherwood Gardens.
ANNAPOLIS: Rolling Hills neighborhood off Generals Highway, Rt. 178, all around the historic district live lots of old fruit trees in bloom.
DC: All along the Potomac hiking trail; the Cherry Trees in Washington D.C. at the Tidal Basin, there are hundreds (go if you live here, if you missed this year, go next year!); National Arboretum. Takoma Park (it's called tree city U.S.A.) is filled with a beautiful variety of old flowering fruit trees; Downtown Silver Spring; and Wheaton.
VIRGINIA: Meadowland Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA.; Leesville Blvd, Springfield, VA.
Trees Shown: Weeping Cherry, Red Bud, Forsythia, Eastern Whitebud, Plum, Double Red Peach, Witch Hazel.
ALL PICTURES BY: THE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SPY