The Flower Mart Puppet Show

April 15, 2019

Friendship, Volunteers, and Tradition

Betty Gordon and her daughter Allison

An enduring chain of friendship has helped to form the history of Flower Mart. Many Flower Mart volunteers are a part of a legacy that goes back years (or even decades), and spans generations.

One of Flower Mart’s exceptional volunteers was All Hallows Guild Board Member Betty Gordon – who provided her charming artwork for Flower Mart posters and programs; designed Flower Mart tote bags; and was the creator and director of the All Hallows Puppet Company.

From humble Beginnings to Extravagant Productions

Some of the cast for this years Flower Mart puppet show – Animal Tales

For more than 40 years, Betty and her all-volunteer puppeteers delighted audiences of young and old with their original productions at Flower Mart. The puppet shows were often tailored to incorporate the Flower Mart theme, or used popular stories and legends as the basis for the script. The first generation of Flower Mart puppets were small figures handmade from socks, buttons, and paint. Today the fantastic figures are much larger and highly detailed. 

the Show Goes on!

Puppets from The Frog Prince

After Betty retired from her role with the Flower Mart Puppeteers, her daughter Allison stepped in, and continues this beloved Flower Mart tradition with the Lewinsville Puppeteers.

This year, they will be presenting two different productions. Animal Tales – on Friday, May 3rd, and The Frog Prince – on Saturday, May 4. The shows take place the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth in Flower Mart’s Children’s Area.


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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