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Flower Market At the National Cathedral
Sat, May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Join our group during this very popular festival at the National Cathedral. Bring your camera for photos of the displays. There will be music, games, tours, and food.
10:00 am group together at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Woodly Road
10:20 am Self-Guided Tour of the market
11:30 am Inside the Cathedral to see the International Flower Displays
12:20 Lunch snack on the Flower Market edibles
1:00 Free time for those to choose either a Tower Climb $10.00 or Gargoyle Tours $20.00.
About the fair
Small fees for puppet shows, carousel rides and children's rides and games. The 78th annual Flower Mart, May 5th and 6th, 2017 will be a celebration of the beginning of the All Hallows Guild's 2nd Century as stewards to the gardens and grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.
Music and Dance
Come to Flower Mart to see and hear an amazing variety of performers on our main stage (in front of the Cathedral) for FREE on both Friday and Saturday.
Saturday - (performance schedules will be posted in April)
Tower Climbs ($10 per person). On Saturday, take a strenuous climb for a beautiful city view. Climb the 333 steps to the dizzying heights of the bell-ringing chamber in the great Central Tower of Washington National Cathedral, 300 feet above the ground. Hear a demonstration of the bells and learn about the architecture of the Cathedral. The Tower is open to the public only once or twice a year. Tower Climbs will be featured Saturday, 10 am to 3:30 pm (except noon) every half hour. $10 per person. View these photos by Vasu Jagannathan, to get a sense of the drama and beauty of a Tower Climb.
Gargoyle Tours A limited number of docent-led Cathedral Gargoyle Tours will be offered to the public on Saturday, May 7. This is a unique opportunity to get "up close and personal" with some of the gargoyles and grotesques on the Cathedral. Tickets may be purchased at Flower Mart for $20 per person.
Self-guided Tours of the medieval Bishop’s Garden and the beautiful Olmsted Woods and Amphitheater. No registration needed. Pickup your brochure guide at the Herb Cottage or the All Hallows Guild Booth.
International Floral Displays Inside the Cathedral, the beautiful “Flowers Around the World” floral displays make the Nave even more breath-taking. Floral arrangements created by Washington Embassies give you a rare look at countries around the world through flowers. Viewing the displays, both days of the Mart - Free.
All Hallows Guild Centennial Tent will be located at the NW corner of the Cathedral. Purchase gifts from the All Hallows Guild's Herb Cottage Gifts, learn more about the work of the Guild - and pick up a Flower Mart tote bag free!
Booths - Booths - Booths
Gift Vendors More than 80 boutique booths will encircle the Cathedral reminiscent of medieval days and will bring a marvelous selection of gifts. Shop On! Many of our vendors return year after year, but new ones are always added.
White Elephant Booth Our donors open their attics and cupboards providing treasures to delight you! As always - a wide array of collectibles, jewelry, china, crystal, prints, baskets and many other items for the home and Mother's Day - a bargain shoppers paradise.
NCS-STA Used Book Tent A huge tent with an amazing variety of books (over 10,000 books!)- most priced between 50 cents and four dollars. We sell: hardback and paperback fiction, architecture, mysteries, children's books for all ages, classics, poetry, plays, Non-fiction books include history, travel, cooking, gardening, sports, self-help, child-rearing, and arts among others. Come browse - You won't be disappointed.
Premier Plants Visitors to Flower Mart 2017 will be treated to an amazing selection of shade, partial shade and sun loving perennials, annuals, herbs and numerous award winning and new plants at the Premier Plant Booth. If you have questions about your garden, or what plants would be best for you, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners will once again be at Flower Mart to help with your gardening questions.
Food At the Mart
You will not go home hungry from Flower Mart. There will be everything from traditional festival foods, barbecue, pizza, smoothies, Sunshine Catering grilled delicacies, soft ice cream, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and, of course, lobster rolls served both days.
The Episcopal Church Women will again bring their array of tempting homemade baked goods: cookies, brownies, muffins, cakes, shortbread, breads, rolls and muffins. This year, bakers are experimenting with low-sugar and fat recipes and will produce some delicious options. Every year they sell out, so get to their booth early.