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. We continue to keep the gardens open to the public, free of charge, every day.
All Hallows Guild has coordinated with the Cathedral in the repair and renovation of the front garden at Church House.
Part of the area of the garden and lawn was excavated and destroyed to install new gas lines. Destruction can always be an opportunity, and our horticulturists have consulted with the Garden Committee to create a new design for the front garden, for which the Guild contributed funds.
Each summer All Hallows Guild sponsors two or three garden interns. Their young and energetic work helps our staff during the intensive growing (and weeding) season, and they receive both practical experience and mentorship by working with the horticulture staff.
This summer our interns designed an extension of our successful Pollinator Garden, originally planned by the 2018 interns and planted in 2019.
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 addressed the issue of making the Bishop's Garden easier to navigate for those with mobility problems.
Stone paths and steps in the Bishop's Garden have been reset and wrought iron railings added in several places.
Hallows Guild continues to build upon the 1998-2008 Olmsted Woods preservation and erosion control project. That decade-long effort was successful in addressing water runoff, soil compaction, and tree degradation.
A topographical survey was completed at the end of 2019. The next step is a tree survey that identifies and assesses tree conditions and includes a plan for long-term care of the trees. We expect to upgrade our water control devices and adopt systems for tracking water flow.
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.
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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