American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

The Bishop's Garden Tour at Washington National Cathedral
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:20am to 9:15am
Washington National Cathedral
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When landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., planned the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, he envisioned a mind-and-spirit cleansing approach through a wooded hillside, allowing visitors to release the tension of city life before reaching the entrance. Experience that same release and calm during this morning tour of the Bishop's Garden at the Washington National Cathedral.

Beginning at Garfield Street, participants will walk through the Olmsted Woods to appreciate Olmsted’s design foresight, then make their way to the Bishop’s Garden on the south side of the Cathedral. This 1928 terraced garden features two perennial borders, a rose garden, a finial garden (showcasing a carved finial that cracked and fell during the 2011 earthquake), and the Hortulus (a small ninth-century style herb garden surrounding a Carolingian Baptismal Font).

Other tour highlights include a large willow oak in the Bishop’s Lawn, two century-old blue atlas cedars, the Shadow House gazebo, fifteenth-century bas reliefs, and a Wayside Cross dating from early Christian pilgrimages.

Please Note: This a walking tour that starts and finishes with a 1.2 mile walk to between the cathedral and hotel. Flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended as the old stone pathways in the garden are uneven. Light refreshments will be provided.

IMPORTANT: This tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Departure: Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.