The National Cathedral Flower Mart is Washington, DC's annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families that features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, musical entertainment, gourmet food, a book sale, and children's activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris wheel and a century-old restored carousel.
Held on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral since 1939, the Flower Mart is sponsored by the volunteer organization, All Hallows Guild. The festival encircles Washington National Cathedral with its tents and includes more than 50 booths offering gardening items, handbags, jewelry, and more. Embassies and international floral designers produce an extraordinary display of floral arrangements. Each year one embassy is selected as the honorary chair. In 2013, the event will celebrate its 75th anniversary.
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Dates and Times
May 2-3, 2014
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, the Cathedral will compete against 23 other historic places in the DC region to win a $100,000 grant for preservation projects as part of the 2013 Partners in Preservation competition. On Saturday, May 4, the Cathedral Voices choir will perform a concert inside the Cathedral’s nave, where the effects of the August 2011 earthquake are particularly noticeable. On Sunday, May 5, at 10:10 a.m. and webcast live, the Cathedral will present a forum discussion with its head stone mason Joe Alonso and Jim Shepherd, the Cathedral’s new director of preservation and facilities, about the progress of the Cathedral’s post-earthquake restoration.
On the grounds of Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW
Note, the parking garage may fill up and street parking is limited. The closest Metro station is Cleveland Park.
Cathedral Tower Climbs
Climb the top of the Cathedral’s tower and see a spectacular view! Saturday only. Climb over 300 steps, 300 ft. above the Ground to the Bell Ringing Chamber. $10 per person - min. height 48 inches (4 ft).
International Floral Exhibit Participants From Around the World
- Embassy of Jamaica
- Embassy of Australia
- Embassy of Ecuador
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
- Embassy of India
- Embassy of Japan
- Embassy of the Republic of Korea
- Embassy of the Royal Netherlands
- Embassy of New Zealand
- Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
- Embassy of Spain
- Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
- Embassy of Switzerland
- Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago
- Embassy of Ukraine
- Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- United States of America