|The first Flower Mart, held in 1939, was a handful of booths with jaunty green and white striped awnings lining the Pilgrim steps. It is said that Mrs. Roosevelt was the first First Lady to attend Flower Mart. She was interested in seeing the wares brought to the "Market" by local farmer's wives. Mrs. Woodrow Wilson acted as a cashier selling fruits and vegetable at one Mart. Eight "First Ladies" have opened or attended Flower Mart. They are: Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Wilson, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, Jackie Kennedy and Barbara Bush.
In 1954, the first Embassy was asked to be a "Theme Country" for the Mart adding the fun and experience that another country's culture and food can bring to the festival. Today Flower Mart booths encircle the Cathedral. Music, dance, puppet shows, children's rides and games, flower booths selling a wide variety of herbs, annuals and perennials, gift boutique vendors, White Elephant Sale treasures, used book sales and a variety of wonderful foods make the Flower Mart experience a memorable one for the whole family.
And, as always the proceeds from the two days, benefit the 59 remarkable gardens and grounds of Washington National Cathedral.
A Commemorative Booklet for Flower Mart 2011 was published. To view this booklet and the following years, which give you a good overview of that year's Mart, click here>
As Flowers Grow, So Has Flower Mart (pdf)
Chairs,Themes & Embassies (pdf)
For a photo album of Flower Mart, visit the Photo Garden Bee »
See photos of Flower Mart1939 newspaper clipping calls "Flower Market"