Stewards to the Garden & Grounds of the Cathedral Since 1916

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Visiting the Bishop's Garden
The Garden is open to visitors year-round. You may enter the Garden from South Road through the Norman Arch or through the Postern Gate across from the Peace Cross. There are also entrances from Pilgrim Road and the Pilgrim Steps.

If you would like to print a self-guided tour of the Garden, click here.
For a docent-led group (5 or more persons) tour, click here
If you would like to learn more about becoming a garden docent or garden volunteer, click here
For a video tour of our gardens and grounds view Four Season in the gardens Via YouTube
Additional Information
Suggested Reading: "A Cathedral Hillside and Its Gardens" (1929), "Historic Trees, Boxwood,Yew and Stone" (1932), and "A Garden For the Ages" (1927), written by Florence Brown Bratenahl. You may read these booklets and others written by Mrs. Bratenahl online click here
Click here to see Olmsted's plan for Bishop's Garden added to by Florence Bratenahl.  More information on the history of the Bishop's Garden's plantings, in particular, its original boxwood, go to this site,


Woods Walks and Birdwalks

The woods and gardens are open, and you are most welcome to enjoy and explore the woods and gardens on your own.  Literature about the woods is available in the post box along the path (near the George Washington statue) and in a centrally located post box in the Bishop's Garden.

If you wish a group tour of the Olmsted Woods, please use this form.

Woodlands Information Line: (202) 537-2319. 


Volunteer Opportunities: Care of the Olmsted Woods is an ongoing effort. If you would like to help, please call Sandy Flowers, Director of Horticulture & Grounds: (202) 537-5773.

The AHG Garden Docent Program prepares individuals to give tours of the Bishop's Garden and surrounding Cathedral gardens. Monthly garden walk-arounds and printed materials and plant lists educate prospective docents about these historic gardens in a fun and interesting way. If you wish to learn more about this program or volunteer as a garden docent in the Bishop’s Garden, click here.