Our annual Benefit for the Gardens and Grounds of Washington National Cathedral
All Hallows Guild has hosted Flower Mart since 1939. Flower Mart is our largest annual fundraiser for the Cathedral's gardens and grounds.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Flower Mart 2023 on Friday, May 5th andSaturday, May 6th.
We enjoyed two lovely days filled with flowers and fun - and raised funds to support the Cathedral's gardens!
If you wish to apply to be a vendor at Flower Mart 2024, please check this page in September when we will post a link to the application.
There's something for everyone at Flower Mart
Ride our Antique Carousel
All Hallows Guild’s antique carousel is a favorite of the young and young at heart. It dates from around 1890, and is one of only two surviving carousels manufactured by the U.S. Merry-Go-Round Corporation. The carousel was purchased by the Guild in 1963 and we continue to restore and refurbish this historic treasure.
Explore our Booths
Purchase spring plants for your garden, find treasures in our White Elephant Tent, children's books in our Book Tent, and shop for a wide array of merchandise at over 65 boutique booths. Flower Mart is the perfect place to find gifts for Mothers Day, graduations, and something special just for you!
Our Flower District is located in the center of the Cathedral's front lawn. In addition to excellent array of garden plants, you will find herbs, bonsai, orchids, floral arrangements and cut blooms. We will have a variety of interesting containers in which to display your plants. The talented and knowledgeable Cathedral horticulture staff will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.
International Floral Display
Since 2006, Washington Embassies and their floral designers will have installed gorgeous displays that highlight each country’s natural and cultural heritage in the nave of the National Cathedral. The floral display is open throughout Flower Mart. Bring your camera. Admission is FREE.
Throughout both days of Flower Mart, entertainers perform on the main stage in front of the Cathedral (or inside in the event of rain). We will present a wide-ranging array of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and choral groups.
Activities for Children
In addition to our carousel, Flower Mart has an entire Children’s Area with a huge array of games and carnival rides. Tickets for the carousel, rides, and games, can be purchased at the ticket booth in the Children’s Area.
The Lewinsville Puppeteers are back at Flower Mart this year! They will be presenting "Happily Ever After" in the Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel on both days of Flower Mart. Purchase tickets for the puppet show in the Children's Area.
Cathedral Tower Climb
The Tower Climb returns to Flower Mart this year! Experience Washington DC like never before with a climb to the top of the Cathedral towers, where you’ll experience panoramic vistas from the highest geographical point in the nation’s capital.
Tower Climb tickets are $30 and will be sold at the Tower Climb Tent on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. Tower Climbs will take place on Friday at 1:30pm & 4:30pm, and Saturday at 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm. Tickets are limited.
Please note: Prepare for rigorous activity. The Tower Climb is not for those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces, or for those with limited mobility – stairs include both enclosed stone staircases and also open metal, spiral stairs. Participants must be at least 11 years old, and the minimum height requirement is 48 inches. Infants cannot be carried on Tower Climbs.
Enjoy Great Food
Flower Mart has everything from barbecue and smoothies to funnel cakes, crepes and artisan pizza. Don't miss grabbing a lobster roll - a Flower Mart favorite!
Thank You to our Flower Mart 2023 Sponsors!
Passport DC is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and some of DC's very best cultural institutions.
In 1940 All Hallows Guild hosted the second annual Flower Mart on the Cathedral’s Pilgrim Steps. In attendance at the event was White House resident First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt was one of eight First Ladies who have attended Flower Mart. Learn more about Flower Mart's First Ladies on our blog.
During the February 3, 1939 meeting of the All Hallows Guild Executive Committee the idea of having a Flower Mart on the Pilgrim Steps was proposed. To read about our humble beginnings go to our blog
Become a Part of
We invite you to join us as we celebrate and raise funds for the gardens and grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Flower Mart couldn’t happen without the hundreds of volunteers who help each year. We also rely on our generous donors to allow us to continue to hold this festival that has delighted Washingtonians and visitors since 1939!