Up in Cape Cod, the rhododendrons are in full bloom at the annual Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons Festival. Home to two noted hybridizers—Charles Owen Dexter and Jack Cowles—the garden is a great place to see the many new varieties in bloom. A new and dramatic water element—the Flume Fountain—and a new children's garden are also worth visiting for their unusual landcaping.
Photos from this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival, with a bit of history of the festival in D.C., hanami's origins, and a list of 11 cherry blossom festivals around the country. Plus: Photos of other spring blooms in our nation's capital.