Finial Garden

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Finial Garden

As a part of the Bishop’s Garden renovation and rededication in 2013, the northeast corner, now known as the Finial Garden, was transformed into an intimate and inviting garden room. It is centered on a finial that fell from one of the Cathedral’s pinnacles during the earthquake that took place in August 2011.

The Finial Garden is located at the eastern end of the Upper Perennial Border and was previously referred to as the Memory Garden or the St. Fiacre Garden. It is enclosed on two sides by stone walls.

The center of the garden is an open lawn. Surrounding the lawn, the Finial Garden’s beds are planted with hydrangea, holly, lady’s mantle, and bugleweed. Terraced stone steps lead out to where a pomegranate tree grows near the Bishop’s Garden’s Yellin Gate. The fallen finial rests on a granite pedestal at the garden’s north end. A memorial bench, facing west toward the Upper Perennial Border, completes this peaceful garden room.

Exit the Finial Garden by walking down the terraced stone walk to arrive at the Bishop’s Garden’s Samuel Yellin Gate.

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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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