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 garden next to Pilgrim Road, a memorial to Mrs Phyllis Nitze, former All Hallows Guild President, has been redesigned and replanted.
The extensive rebuilding of the stone wall that backs the Nitze Garden, commissioned by All Hallows Guild, allowed the new plantings to be safely installed.
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.
A new Pollinator Garden, designed by a team of Guild-sponsored summer interns, has been installed adjacent to the entrance to National Cathedral School’s Athletic Center.
All Hallows Guild has continued to preserve the historic 15-century stone sculptures that have given the Bishop's Garden a look of antiquity during the century since they were placed in the walls and planting beds.
We engaged McKay Lodge Conservation to perform necessary work on the Carolingian Font and the Bas Reliefs in the upper garden wall.
Each summer All Hallows Guild sponsors two or three garden interns 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 symposia.
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.
All Hallows Guild funded the stonework and all of the new plantings, as well as pay for some contracted help with installation.
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. In the spring the amphitheater stage was stabilized and the stone floor was relaid.
The Carderock stones of Shadow House, designed by Cathedral Architect Philip Frohman, were repointed. The stones were originally part of “Red Top,” the summer residence of Grover Cleveland. The Shadow house garden has been renewed, and the Pan statue was installed on a base inscribed by the Cathedral’s own stone carvers.
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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