Phyllis Nitze Garden

No. 11 On The Map:

Phyllis Nitze Garden

Located east of the Pilgrim Steps, this perennial and shrub garden is dedicated to the memory of Phyllis Pratt Nitze. The garden was made possible through donations by her family and friends and dedicated in 1989. Mrs. Nitze served as All Hallows Guild President. Her husband, Paul H. Nitze, was a leading arms negotiator and United States Ambassador-at-Large who received an award given by the Commission on Peace of the Diocese of Washington.

The Nitze Garden received a major renovation in 2019. The stone wall at the back of the garden was rebuilt, and five new Cornus florida, varieties of hydrangea, Ilex, viburnum, and various low ground covers and grasses were planted.

A bronze plaque in memory of Phyllis Pratt Nitze is placed on a stone birdbath. The inscription reads: This Garden In Loving Memory of Phyllis Pratt Nitze All Hallows Guild President And Herb Cottage Chairman Given by Her Family and Friends

A teak bench sits at the center of the garden and provides a quiet place for peaceful reflection.

Directly adjacent to the Nitze Garden, along Pilgrim Road, is the woodland plantings and memorial bench of the Kenney Garden.

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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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