2020 All Hallows Guild Annual Meeting
The Covid19 pandemic caused the cancellation of our in-person annual meeting on November 6th. We were, however, able to deliver a meeting directly to our members and friends via video.
The video format allows us to take you into the gardens while presenting reports from All Hallows Guild’s President, Treasurer, and the Chair of our Garden Committee - as well as messages from the Cathedral's Dean and Provost.
Flower Mart 2020 goes Virtual
All Hallows Guild has hosted our largest benefit for the Cathedral's Gardens and Grounds since 1939. World War II caused us to pause Flower Mart in 1943, 1944, and 1945 - although we did host small fundraising events those years.
This year, due to the Covid19 pandemic, we were not able to hold Flower Mart in the usual way. We did, however raise funds for the gardens through a Virtual Flower Mart.
Explore the Cathedral's Gardens and Grounds
The 57 acre Cathedral Close includes three acres of the Bishop’s Garden and five acres of the Olmsted Woods - all await exploration.
The Cathedral Close was planned by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. His plan was modeled on the walled grounds, known as the closes, of medieval cathedrals. The overall ambiance was to be an urban oasis. His plans included the location of the major Cathedral buildings, the Bishop’s Garden, and the woodlands now known as Olmsted Woods.
Ten Questions for our Director of Horticulture
Use the link below to read the article from the Winter 2018 issue of Cathedral Age. Sandy Flowers, Director of Grounds and Horticulture for the Washington National Cathedral, answers questions about her work in the gardens.
Sculpture Conservation in the Bishop's Garden
The Bishop’s Garden is home to a number of 15th-century bas-reliefs and a Carolingian-era baptismal font. Time and atmospheric exposure have taken their toll on our sculpture, and these unique garden elements now require proper conservation care. In 2016, All Hallows Guild engaged conservation professionals to survey the sculpture of the garden and six artifacts have been prioritized for care. All Hallows Guild is funding this project at a cost of $20,000, and the conservation work will run October 1 through October 12, 2018.
All Hallows Guild Collaborates On Sayre House Garden
The gardens of Sayre House now look like something appropriate for the Cathedral Close grounds - rather than the construction site they have been for many months. The All Hallows Guild Garden Committee collaborated with our outstanding horticulturists to transform the space into a very promising, though still incomplete, garden landscape suitable for the Cathedral Dean and his family.