The 71st Annual National Cathedral Flower Mart

 

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

Each year The All Hallows Guild offers up the extraordinary Flower Mart on the National Cathedral Grounds.  It’s a great two day event that features everything flowers to crafts and music.  I for one was not disappointed!  From the look of the crowds, I think everyone else had a great time as well!

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

The All Hallows Guild was created in 1916 by Florence Brown Bratenahl as a means to care and beautify the Cathedral grounds and gardens.  Seventy one years later the grounds and gardens are lovely.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

The All Hallows Guild was created in 1916 by Florence Brown Bratenahl as a means to care and beautify the Cathedral grounds and gardens.  Seventy one years later the grounds and gardens are lovely.

The Bishops Garden © Britt Conley

The Flower Mart is just one of the ways the Guild brings in funds to continue Bratenahl’s dream.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

Here you can by everything from herbs to flower baskets.  There are numerous flower vendors including one of my favorites, Peony’s Envy!

Peony's Envy © Britt Conley

The prices were great all around and it seemed there was something for everyone.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

Of course the first day often sees the very best florals being carted away by happy local gardeners.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

The Arlington Rose Foundation were set up on a hillside on the lawn of the Cathedral selling lovely rose bushes passer’s by and offering up boothside lectures such as “Balanced Meals for Roses”

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

I have a feeling they did pretty well in sales.  Every time we passed by staff was carrying off a rose purchase behind lucky purchasers.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

The thing I love most about the event is that it is more a bazaar in feel. The food is just amazing.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

My sister Erika and I headed over to The Swiss Bakery and had the greatest bratwurst of our lives.  I kid you not.  They were also offering a lobster roll and frankly I bet it was amazing.  The pastries we bought for desert were right out of another country as well.  As we ate, I toasted the amazing grandmother who must have brought over these recipes!  They were simply beyond authentic they were truely transporting.

The Cathedral also offered up a “Ukranian Fushion” High Tea Room which they described as offering, “both savory and sweet…(savory meat and potato dumplings) and kanapky (colorful open-faced meat and vegetable sandwiches)…” in addition to other Ukranian high tea favorites including black caviar, varenyky, kanapky, fish salad, lemon squares, fruit compote with mascarpone cheese… etc.  As one who grew up on a Swedish diet, some of this sound neat! I’ll have to book a seat next year!

They had an abundance of activities for kids.  Everything from puppet shows to slides and even the most charming old merry go round!  I was able to catch some pictures inbetween runs.  I just loved it’s truely antiquated charm.

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

There were of course tents all over the grounds for shopping!

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

Much of it was different per tent.  I especially liked these bird houses!

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

I am sorry to say I didn’t get the name of the company who makes them!  Next year, I promise.

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

There were also these fun bird baths.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

One woman sold fantastic bird pillows but did not want to have any photographs taken of her booth.  You’ll just have to find her next year and see for yourself.  There were all types of items for sale as we walked along.

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

There was also music everywhere!  Out in front of the Cathedral people lined up in chairs to hear violinists, see dancers and the sort.

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

On the right side of the grounds there were three drum sets offering up a fantastic beat for passers by.

Flower Mart © Britt Conley

And of course the National Cathedral Information booth was ready to get people inside!

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

After all the Cathedral is worth the visit any day!  For more information on the cathedral visit http://www.nationalcathedral.org

The Flower Mart © Britt Conley

All in all is was great!  The winds were so fierce at one point our food would just not stay on the table without holding it! That was fun.  All in all, we were happily sun kissed, wind whipped and well feed! I highly recommend it for a nice day all around.  For more information on The All Hallows Guild visit their website http://www.allhallowsguild.org/

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

Related posts:

  1. Part VII: Fun Events at the Washington National Cathedral
  2. Part I: The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral
  3. Part II: Flowers and Light? The National Cathedral embraced in light!
  4. Part IV: A look at The Washington National Cathedral; home of the Bishop’s Garden.
  5. Part V: The Washington National Cathedral’s Herb Cottage Shop.

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3 Comments

 
  1. Melissa
    2010-05-11
    17:45:11

    Many years ago when I first became a landscape designer, our firm put on a "show garden" in the space where the chairs were set up to hear musicians. We did it two years in a row, creating a display garden for visitors to enjoy. Fun for us but enough work that we eventually decided May was too hectic to keep taking part. But I remember how much fun the Flower Mart was - and how windy it was up there on top of the hill!

     
  2. Britt
    2010-05-13
    11:17:48

    At one point I joked the Cathedral was going to blow over!

     
  3. Pam
    2013-12-14
    14:41:43

    When you get the contact info for the company who makes the fabulous birdhouses (cathedral flower mart) PLEASE forward it to me!

     
 

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