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Sandy Flowers

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 ...
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Garden Spotlight: Addie Schopf, Bishop's Gardener

Bishop's Gardener Addie is originally from Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University where she studied horticulture. Previously, she worked in public gardens in the Midwest before moving to the D.C. area in 2010. Most recently, she worked at Tudor Place in Georgetown. She spends her days in and around the Bishop's Garden…weeding, pruning, and l...
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Olmsted Woods - A "Forest Kindergarten" For Beauvoir Tots

Olmsted Woods - A "Forest Kindergarten" For Beauvoir Tots
During the fall, Beauvoir kindergarten classes took weekly visits to Olmsted Wood to make observational drawings and to take photographs. These observations were the basis for developing questions that the students would then try to answer through research. They went further by transforming their classroom play areas into models of the woods and th...
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DC Birds Come Home for the Holidays in Olmsted Woods

DC Birds Come Home for the Holidays in Olmsted Woods
At Christmastime, while most of us are singing a song about a bird in a tree, a team of experienced birders actually goes and counts the birds in our trees.On December 20th, Sheila Cochran, Shirley Putnam, and Paul Budde conducted a Christmas Bird Count in the Olmsted Woods. In counting the birds each year, they not only provide valuable informatio...
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There Once was a Greenhouse...at Washington National Cathedral

Cathedral Greenhouse 1

 

You may or may not know of the Greenhouse, which was on the Cathedral grounds for many many years.  It was the best place in the city for fresh herbs, plants, wonderful planters and had a small section for "gardening items."

At this time of the year, when wreaths, greens, boxwood and poinsettias are so sought after, many people may be nostalgic for the Greenhouse. Native Washingtonians flocked there every year to buy combinations of firs, cedar, juniper, pine, holly, boxwood, winterberry stems and magnolia leaves cut on the Cathedral grounds.  Live plants at Christmas included amaryllis and paperwhites.  

Alas, there is but one remaining reminder of it in the Bishop's Garden: it is the concrete planters on either side of the bench in the Norman Court.  The front of each planter has a thistle carved on it.  That replicates the thistle on the fountain in the Court, which was dedicated to the memory of Peter McLachlan - a former head Bishop's Garden Gardener.

All Hallows Guild was loosely involved with the Greenhouse: one of our members, Anne Elsbree, was its manager for awhile and the Cathedral asked us to take it over many times. The Guild felt at the time that it could not handle the Herb Cottage and the Greenhouse - both were active retail shops.  But our "Garden Girls" may miss the Greenhouse more than anyone...

 

    
    

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