Smithsonian “Let’s Talk Gardens!” Webinar with Cathedral Director of Horticulture

Washington National Cathedral Gardens: Divine Inspiration & Earthly Challenges Speaker: Sandra Flowers, Director of Horticulture & Grounds Washington National Cathedral Landscape designer Florence Brown Bratenahl worked with landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to lay out the gardens of the Cathedral Close in the early 1920s. They were presented with a huge mass of soil displaced by …

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How the Bishop’s Garden Remains a Showstopper

December 1, 2020 A college student working on a project in the Bishop’s Garden recently asked All Hallows Guild for information about garden practices, pest control, and maintenance. This prompted the editors to interview Ms. Adrienne Schopf, staff horticulturist for the Bishop’s Garden. Her responses reveal not only the constant work necessary to maintain this …

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Earth Day Garden Tour

Celebrate Earth Day with us!   Come and spend the day with fellow Garden Lovers on the Cathedral grounds, and enjoy a special docent-led tour through the Bishop’s Garden.   The tour will begin at 9:30 am – meet in the Bishop’s Garden Shadow House. This Earth Day Garden Tour is FREE of charge. No …

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Summer Horticulture Interns a Mutual Benefit

August 23, 2018   All Hallows Guild sponsors two or three garden interns each summer for a double mission: their  young and energetic work helps our staff during the intensive growing (and weeding) season, and they receive  both practical experience at our gardens and education through field trips to local public gardens and at horticulture …

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The Hortulus

June 5, 2018 In the Bishop’s Garden, west of the rose garden and northeast of Shadow House is the Hortulus – or “diminutive garden”. Bordered by boxwood, this little garden features geometric beds planted with monastic kitchen and infirmary and herbs used in the 9th century. Documents from the time of Charlemagne were used as …

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All Hallows Guild was founded in 1916 to provide for the care and beautification of the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. The Guild works closely with the horticultural staff to preserve this historic landscape and raises funds for renovation and renewal of the gardens.


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