Flower Mart
Flower Mart 2018; Courtesy of All Hallows Guild

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Flower Mart at National Cathedral

As spring returns to the District, so does a beloved springtime tradition: Flower Mart. Since 1939, Flower Mart, the largest fundraiser for the National Cathedral’s gardens and grounds, has been a D.C. seasonal staple. Organized by All Hallows Guild, a volunteer group that supports the care and stewardship of the gardens and grounds around the Cathedral, the festival brings together people from all over the country. “It’s been a steady event for all of that time, and it’s a Washington tradition that draws thousands of people over its two days from all over the place—not just D.C, Maryland and Virginia,” Carrie Tydings, an All Hallows Guild member, says. And now, after a pandemic-induced two-year hiatus—the only time besides World War II that the market has not been held—it’s back. This year’s event will feature many of the usual activities, such as an antique carousel (one of two remaining in the country), an international floral display, food and gift vendors, carnival games, a white elephant sale, and of course, the mart’s bread and butter—flower and plant sales. “We always like to say it falls on Mother’s Day weekend, so if there is a mother in your life, there are gifts to be had. And also for dads and grads,” Tydings says. Horticultural staff that maintain the grounds on a daily basis are on standby to help buyers choose what kinds of plants to buy. Tydings sees the event as a way to bring the community back together after the past two years of isolation. “I think that people are really looking forward to gathering together, especially raising money for a good cause that we can all enjoy,” she says. “We hope people will come and enjoy, especially after the challenges of the past year, and they can feel good in knowing that they are supporting something that is unique to our community.” Flower Mart takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7 at National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. allhallowsguild.org. Free.