To create gardens suitable for a Gothic-style Cathedral, plants of historical interest, plants of the Bible and Christian legends, along with plants native to the mid-Atlantic region, were used.
Use the links below for more info about major plants and garden beds on the Cathedral Close:
- Blue Atlas Cedars – Two towering blue atlas cedars stand on the South side of the Cathedral on either side of the entrance to the Norman Court.
- Lower Perennial Border – At the southern edge of the Bishop’s Garden, facing Pilgrim Road, this is also known as the “Blue Border”.
- Bishop’s Lawn and Borders – Below the Episcopal Church House and adjacent to the Bishop’s Garden the lawn is bordered by flowering plants and shrubs.
- LeCompte Garden – South of the Bishop’s Garden Postern Gate, this garden was installed in 2015 in memory of Rowan LeCompte, whose stained-glass artistry fills the Cathedral.
- Pilgrim Road Bed – Below Shadow House (along Pilgrim Road outside of the Bishop’s Garden wall) this bed was replanted in 2017.
- Hortulus – Within the Bishop’s Garden a Carolingian Font sits in the center of this “little garden”. It is planted with kitchen herbs and surrounded by boxwood.
- Rose Garden – In the center of the Bishop’s Garden the Rose Garden surrounds a rectangle of turf. It is a part of the original 1926 Olmsted plan for the Bishop’s Garden.
- Sundial Bed – An old English sundial sits atop a 13th century Gothic capital. A changing display of annuals, bulbs, and herbs are planted in this section of the Bishop’s Garden.
- Upper Perennial Border – the northern border of the Bishop’s Garden is planted with perennials in warm hues.
- Finial Garden – This inviting corner of the Bishop’s Garden was transformed into a garden room centered on a finial from one of the Cathedral’s pinnacles that was damaged in the 2011 earthquake.
- Robert C. Morton Border – This planting of trees and native shrubs along Pilgrim Road is near the entrance to the All Hallows Amphitheater.
- Glastonbury Thorn – The tree stands near the entrance to St. Albans School and was grown from cuttings from trees outside of Glastonbury Abbey in England.
- Phyllis Nitze Garden – Located east of the Pilgrim Steps, this perennial and shrub garden is dedicated to a former All Hallows Guild president.
- Kenney Garden – East of the Nitze Garden, this dry woodland planting memorializes Elinor Kenney.
- Walker Fern Garden – Along the north side of the Cathedral College, a lovely stone walkway is bordered by ferns and shade-loving plants.
- West Front Oak Grove – A grove of trees with lawn, plantings, walkways, and benches completes the Bishop T. Walker Court at the entrance to the Cathedral.