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April 2, 2010 Charles Goodman, Deigert and Yerkes, Rock Creek Woods Silver Spring MD

Cherry Blossoms and Modernism

If you want to enjoy the weather this weekend, see the cherry blossoms before they disappear and see some modern architecture for good measure, you may want to head to Rock Creek Woods in Silver Spring (map). The community by architect Charles Goodman and builders Herschel and Marvin Blumberg has dozens of Yoshino cherry trees. When the neighborhood was built, homeowners agreed to pay Montgomery County $10 per cherry tree planted. Nearly four dozen more tree were planted in 1998, while nearly three dozen were planted in 2001, according to the neighborhood’s website. Another place to see modernism and cherry trees without the crowds of the Tidal Basin is the U.S. National Arboretum. The arboretum has more than 2,000 trees, the largest collection of cherry blossoms outside the Tidal Basin. If you go, make sure to check out the Administration Building, with its zig-zag roof. The building was designed in the early 1960s by Albert G. Mumma Jr. of the architecture firm Deigert & Yerkes. Below are a few pictures from my quick walk through Rock Creek Woods. Have a good weekend.