Let us introduce you to Director of Horticulture and Grounds Sandy Flowers....a most appropriate name for a "green thumb" who spends her days in and around our fabulous 59-acres of gardens, grounds and woodlands on the Cathedral Close.
Sandy is a a DC/Metro-area local, born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, and she has a Master's Degree from Georgia State University. She came to Washington National Cathedral in 2013 as the Bishop's Gardener, transitioning to Garden Manager, then Director of Horticulture & Grounds. Previously, she owned a floral design business specializing in weddings & special events, worked as Deputy Head Gardener for the Ambassador's Residence at the British Embassy, and managed a garden at a private estate in Washington, DC. Additionally, she coordinated the Community Horticulture Program (Master Gardener Program, Farmers' Markets, & Garden Plots in Fairfax County) at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.
As Director of Horticulture & Grounds, Sandy develops and manages the grounds budget, purchases materials, pays bills, hires, directs, and trains staff, and hires and oversees outside contractors. On top of all of that, she coordinates with the three Close schools to meet their grounds needs, manages & participates in snow & storm response, and coordinates with All Hallows Guild to provide logistical and physical support for grounds improvement projects and Flower Mart.
We asked Sandy to choose her favorite feature of the Bishop's Garden; her reply? St. Catherine's Pool
According to Sandy: "The pool provides a quiet oasis for reflection in the garden. I love to watch the fish and hear the sound of water trickling down the waterfall. I also enjoy the delight of children when they discover the pool and its inhabitants." The pool is made of Aquia Creek sandstone in the shape of a primitive cross. It was designed by Florence Brown Bratenahl, wife of the Dean of the Cathedral and given in 1929 by the Lake Forest Garden Club of Illinois.