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Rob DeFeo: Floral Forecaster

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Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist of the National Park Service.
Julia Edwards
Rob DeFeo, chief horticulturalist of the National Park Service.

One of the first official signs of spring in D.C. is those cherry blossoms in bloom. And the predictor of the highly-anticipated annual blossom peak is about to call it a day. National Park Service Chief Horticulturalist Rob DeFeo is on the brink of retirement, and as he tells Julia Edwards, he takes very little credit for his role as caretaker of D.C.'s monumental trees.

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