At Washington National Cathedral

Friday, May 3rd 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday, May 4th 10 am - 5 pm

Since 1939, All Hallows Guild has held Flower Mart as a benefit for the Cathedral’s gardens and grounds. Join us for two days of fun and activities for the entire family.

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Flower Mart 2019 Celebrates Pollinator Power

During Flower Mart we will be highlighting our efforts to promote natural pollination in the Cathedral’s gardens – including the creation of a new pollinator garden on the Cathedral Close. Come visit the Pollinator Tent to learn more, and help us carry out our mission of preserving the Cathedral’s gardens by becoming a Flower Mart Patron.

There's something for everyone at Flower Mart

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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.

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Explore our Booths

Purchase spring plants for your garden, find treasures in our White Elephant Tent, and shop for a wide array of merchandise at over 70 boutique booths. Flower Mart is the perfect place to find gifts for Mothers Day, graduations, and something special just for you! Be sure to stop into our Herb Cottage Gifts tent for our signature home and garden items and a special selection of "Pollinator Power" merchandise.

This year we are expanding our Flower District on 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 and will be conducting information sessions during Flower Mart.

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The Cathedral Tower Climb

Get a bird’s eye view of DC and see the Cathedral’s gargoyles up-close! Guided Tower Climbs will be offered during Flower Mart on Saturday, May 4th. The tour begins at the Cathedral’s crypt level and participants climb over 300 steps. Climbers must be a minimum 48 inches tall in order to participate. Take advantage of the online ticket price of $20. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at Flower Mart for $25. Tower climb tickets are non-refundable.

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Taste in the Tower

Take a break during Flower Mart to enjoy a seated luncheon in the St. Paul Room and Folger Court on the seventh floor of the Cathedral’s South Tower.

Seatings for “Taste in the Tower” are available on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 1:30 pm.

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Enjoy Great Food

Flower Mart has everything from barbecue and smoothies to funnel cakes and lobster rolls. The Episcopal Church Women have sponsored a booth for many years with their array of tempting homemade baked goods – including their famous shortbread!

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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. You can also take a break inside the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel, where our Master Puppeteers will present their delightful puppet show. Tickets for the rides, games, and the puppet show can be purchased at the ticket booth in the Children’s Area.

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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. This year we are pleased to have Japan, Luxembourg, Panama, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Korea, Armenia, and the United States represented.

The floral display is open throughout Flower Mart. Bring your camera. Admission is FREE.

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Free Entertainment

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. The popular Washington Revels will again ring in May and close out Flower Mart on Saturday.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser to Open Flower Mart 2019

The Mayor of the District of Columbia will again serve as Honorary Flower Mart Chairperson cut the ribbon to officially open Flower Mart. The Flower Mart Opening Ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, May 3.

 

A Look Back 80 years to our First Flower Mart

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

Thank you to our Flower Mart Sponsors!

We couldn't continue to host this event without the generous financial support of our corporate sponsors. Click HERE if you are interested in becoming a Flower Mart Corporate Sponsor.

Eagle Eye Tutoring

The St. James Summer Camps

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Lindamood-Bell

Serra Stone Corporation

PNC Bank

TTR Sotheby's Realty - Michael Rankin

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Giant Food

Mathnasium

BOWA Builders

Suburban Hospital

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Cathedral Commons

Terri Balaran - Brown Advisory

Marks Education

 

Become a Part of
Flower Mart

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!