Let's Talk Gardens with our Director of Horticulture
Cathedral Director of Horticulture, Sandra Flowers, presented a webinar as a part of the Smithsonian's "Let's Talk Gardens" series. Her talk, titled "Washington National Cathedral Gardens: Divine Inspiration & Earthly Challenges", focused on the development of the Cathedral Close and the on-going care of these beloved gardens.
Self-Guided Tour of Renewed Gardens
Take a self-guided tour of the most recently renewed garden spaces on the Cathedral Grounds.
Use the link below to view or download a map with descriptions of six areas on the Cathedral Close that have undergone garden renovations.
Take a Video Tour of the Bishop's Garden
All Hallows Guild created a virtual tour to allow access to the Bishop's Garden for those who are unable to visit in-person or those who wish to learn more about the history and design of the most cultivated area of the Cathedral Grounds. The tour begins at the limestone arch on South Road and visits fourteen areas of the historic Bishop's Garden.
Woodland Bridge Removed
The Woodland Bridge sat astride the ravine in the Olmsted Woods for some 60 years. With its rustic wooden pilings and charming gazebo sited mid-span, it held memories for decades of students crossing over and countless visitors entering the woods to ascend the Pilgrim Way.
The condition of the bridge was assessed and it was concluded that the structure was beyond repair. The structure was removed in March 2021.
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.
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.