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...