In recent years, fundraising activities, membership dues, and memorial gifts have enabled the Guild to invest more than 6 million dollars to improve and maintain the Cathedral gardens and grounds.
The All Hallows Guild Garden Committee collaborated with our outstanding horticulturists to transform the space surrounding Sayre House into a garden landscape suitable for the Cathedral Dean and his family.
The Guild joined the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge by adding cocoons of Osmia ‘blue orchard bees (a non-stinging variety of bees) to trees around the Bishop’s Garden.
We are now installing a new Pollinator Garden near the NCS Athletic Center.
Last summer we completed the connection between the Bishop’s Garden and the All Hallows Amphitheater. The stonework across Pilgrim Road was installed to join the amphitheater entrance to the new stepping stone path to the Garden.
This spring the amphitheater stage was stabilized and the stone floor was relaid.
Repairing and repointing of the Carderock stones of Shadow House, designed by Cathedral Architect Philip Frohman. The stones were originally part of “Red Top,” the summer residence of Grover Cleveland.
Designing and planting the new Hardwick Grove garden, behind National Cathedral School’s Hearst Hall, following the stonework installed by NCS. The new plantings join the crape myrtles the Guild furnished two years ago and are planted in NCS colors of purple and gold.
Demolition, redesign, and planting of the extensive Pilgrim Road bed - which had been overgrown with weeds that could not be separated from the desirable plants. Existing trees were saved and augmented with new trees (redbud and cherry), shrubs (viburnum and hydrangea) and many lower plants planned to bloom for three seasons.
Completion of new Shadow house garden and installation of the Pan statue on a base inscribed by the Cathedral’s own stone carvers, in memory of Rowan LeCompte from his family.
Currently the Guild is raising funds for the following projects:
- The Guild has engaged engineers and architects and has been working with the team on a preliminary design for a replacement for the Woodlands Bridge. Due to its deteriorating condition, the existing bridge in the Olmsted Woods has been closed since 2012.
- The restoration and maintenance of our antique carousel to assure it will continue to delight the young and young at heart each year during Flower Mart.
- The Strong-Wright Fountain requires restoration. The Rosalind Wright Memorial fountain, designed by Alice Strong, was planned as a children’s fountain. We would like to have the restored fountain moved to a more visible location in the Garden.
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