Stewards to the Garden & Grounds of the Cathedral Since 1916

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Welcome! Come in and see our Gifts for every occasion. 

Proceeds from Gift Shop Sales Benefit the Cathedral’s Gardens & Grounds.
View our great variety of gifts: Gifts Gallery

Our Shop on the B-2 level of the Cathedral parking garage will be open every day 10 am to 5 pm. Parking in the garage is free on Sundays and on the roads of the Cathedral Close on Saturdays and weekdays after 3:30 pm.

About The Herb Cottage Gift Shop

A charming gift shop currently offering unique gifts and accessories for every occasion located on the B-2 level of the parking garage.

In 1904, the cottage was completed and used as a Baptistry for the not yet completed cathedral. The All Hallows Guild started using it around 1916, as a place to store plants and seedlings which they sold to raise funds for the Cathedral gardens.

The Herb Cottage is independent and not-for-profit the revenue it raises through the sale of gifts and souvenirs goes to the beautification and preservation of the 54 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding Washington National Cathedral. 

While it sustained no initial damage from the August 23, 2011 earthquake, it was moved from the historic octagonal building when a crane fell on it September 7, 2011 damaging its roof, side and the beautiful landscape in front. Thankfully, the Shop was able to move in to a temporary location on level B-2 of the parking garage.

Come in and see why the Herb Cottage has been delighting shoppers for almost 80 years.

Gifts & Accessories

The Gift Shop in the historic Herb Cottage features elegant and unusual gifts - Home Décor - Lamps - Wedding & Baby Gifts - Pottery - Cache Pots - Kitchen & Garden Accessories - Scented Oils & Soaps - Dried Herbs & Teas -Cards & Stationery.  Our Shop on Level B-2 of the parking garage has many of these same wonderful items.

Supporting Our Neighbors Worldwide
We are proud to present Cathedral-related items, Handmade, Fairtrade, and American-made gifts. 

Items we carry include:

  • Recycled telephone-wire baskets from South Africa
  • Kenyan soapstone plates & animals, hand-carved & painted
  • Ghanaian recycled-glass bracelets
  • Metal ornaments and nativities from Thailand

As pieces are handmade, availability varies. Please visit the shop on level B-2 to see all of the wonderful gifts for sale.