Part V: The Washington National Cathedral’s Herb Cottage Shop.

 
The Herb Cottage Shop © Britt Conley

The Herb Cottage Shop © Britt Conley

I mainly write about gardens for seven days but I’ve found this week it’s also a joy to write about the places where gardens are offered. The National Cathedral is one of those phenomenal places. As it’s getting close to winter many of us are trying to move indoors. However, the Bishop’s Garden is still a wonderful cold weather retreat. If your not in the mood to put on the layers to stroll about outdoors at least consider driving to the Cathedral’s easy parking underground garage and walk the short distance over to the Herb Cottage Shop! It’s the perfect place to get Christmas presents for your garden loving friends! The Herb Cottage is especially wonderful for those who love all things gardens and the proceeds go directly to the upkeep of the gardens and the Cathedral grounds. That is indeed money well spent! It’s a fun trip for one and probably even more fun if you go with a friend. There are loads of Christmas items for sale as well.

Tea Pots at the Herb Cottage © Britt Conley

Tea Pots at the Herb Cottage © Britt Conley

This is my kind of shop! As an avid fine tea drinker, I am thrilled with the teas here from Taylors of Harrogate, Harrison and Crosfield. There are wonderful tea pots and all thing related to this, my favorite activity when I’m not out shooting gardens.

Gotta love a shop for tea drinkers! © Britt Conley

Gotta love a shop for tea drinkers! © Britt Conley

Of course being the Herb Cottage, there are rows of herbs for sale. The cottage has been providing herbs for decades as part of their rich history.

The Herb Cottage Herbs © Britt Conley

The Herb Cottage Herbs © Britt Conley

Additionally, there are garden items for sale to help keep your garden lovely all year. These garden stakes are wonderful! Read the labels!

Herb Stakes © Britt Conley

Herb Stakes © Britt Conley

There is a large bin of these wonderfully witty items and just in time for Christmas!

Items for your garden! © Britt Conley

Items for your garden! © Britt Conley

With names like Key lime Marmalade and Mango Butter, these preserves and jams are a great gift! There were rows of these against the far wall and I’ll be heading back to get some for my tea and toast this holiday season!

Herb Cottage Preserves © Britt Conley

Herb Cottage Preserves © Britt Conley

And for many, what would a great cup of tea be without some honey! This great honey display jar is “sweet!”

Honey Jar © Britt Conley

Honey Jar © Britt Conley

And, for those of us who still love to give and receive real snail mail, there are really fun note card options here as well as notebooks and the sort! Of course they even had a separate card center!

All things for writers © Britt Conley

All things for writers © Britt Conley

Being the “Holiday Season” I would be remiss to not show some of the fun Christmas ornaments they offer here. The first and my very favorite is this Moose! I don’t know why I love it so, but it’s just so darn cute.

The Moose © Britt Conley

The Moose © Britt Conley

The Herb Cottage also sells these wonderful little woodland creature ornaments that are quite fun for the nature lovers tree. The rabbit and owl are great!

woodland creatures for the tree © Britt Conley

woodland creatures for the tree © Britt Conley

And the bird may just have to be bought for my birding enthusiast, sister and editor for my dyslexic spelling, Erika. You didn’t read and edit this part Erika. ; )

Birds and Noah's Arc © Britt Conley

Birds and Noah's Arc © Britt Conley

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa and he is waiting here at the Herb Cottage.

Christmas Santa © Britt Conley

Christmas Santa © Britt Conley

And for the very classy gift giver or tree decorator, there are hand blown glass ornaments here that are just beautiful.

Hand blown glass ornaments © Britt Conley

Hand blown glass ornaments © Britt Conley

Today’s post may be light on text but I am hoping these photos give the gift of the Herb Cottage experience. There are loads of other items including lamps and dishes that lure me toward them every time! The gift shop website cites that the, “historic Herb Cottage features elegant and unusual gifts – Home Décor – Lamps – Wedding & Baby Gifts – Pottery – Cache Pots – Kitchen & Garden Accessories – Scented Oils & Soaps – Cards & Stationery.” as well as, “Cathedral-related items, Handmade, Fairtrade, and American-made gifts” The holidays is a great time to give back to the Bishop’s garden through the All Hallows Guild.

For more information visit http://www.allhallowsguild.org/cottage/index.html

Tomorrow were heading back over to the Cathedral for an inside look at some of it’s extraordinary events!

As for me, still unemployed but still smiling because I get to do The Photo Garden Bee : )

‘Til tomorrow,

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. Part VII: Fun Events at the Washington National Cathedral
  2. Part IV: A look at The Washington National Cathedral; home of the Bishop’s Garden.
  3. Part I: The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral
  4. Part VI: The Lewis Ginter Gift Shop
  5. The 71st Annual National Cathedral Flower Mart

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5 Comments

 
  1. Fran Morris
    2010-12-15
    13:14:06

    saw something I want to order, but how do I order since didn't see a place to click.???

     
  2. Britt
    2010-12-17
    01:22:01

    Hello Fran! Sorry, I've been sick with a middle ear infection for about a month now and was out getting my MRI today and sleeping off the rest of the day. I get my page posted asap and also just let me know which image and I'll add that to the page as well. Thanks and sorry for the delay : )

     
  3. Britt
    2010-12-21
    16:07:55

    Hello, Did you see I've managed to get the page back to working. Just let me know if you are still interested and see anything else. Thanks, Britt : )

     
  4. linda ward
    2012-02-14
    14:30:08

    I live in Bandon Oregon and I frequent the thrift stores looking for cook books and I happened upon a small brochure titled "The Cottage Herb Garden" There is a notation at the top, 1952. There is a receipe inside for Cardamon Cookies which are wonderful.
    On a chance I looked it up and found this web site.
    I was born and raised in D.C., however I never went to the cathedral. I was raised catholic and went to St. Cecelia's on E. Capital.
    If I go back I will make a point to go to your store.

     
  5. Britt
    2012-02-19
    20:16:19

    Thanks Linda, It's not my store I just photographed it and I have to say it's marvelous! I so hope you get a chance to enjoy it in person as well as the Cathedral. The gardens are lovely as well!

     
 

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