Stewards to the Garden & Grounds of the Cathedral Since 1916

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Visiting the Bishop's Garden
The Garden is open to visitors year-round. You may enter the Garden from South Road through the Norman Arch or through the Postern Gate across from the Peace Cross. There are also entrances from Pilgrim Road and the Pilgrim Steps.

If you would like to print a self-guided tour of the Garden, click here.
For a docent-led group (5 or more persons) tour, click here
If you would like to learn more about becoming a garden docent or garden volunteer, click here
For a video tour of our gardens and grounds view Four Season in the gardens Via YouTube
Additional Information
For more information on the history of the Bishop's Garden go to our Bishop's Garden page.
Suggested Reading: "A Cathedral Hillside and Its Gardens" (1929), "Historic Trees, Boxwood,Yew and Stone" (1932), and "A Garden For the Ages" (1927), written by Florence Brown Bratenahl. You may read these booklets and others written by Mrs. Bratenahl online click here
Click here to see Olmsted's plan for Bishop's Garden added to by Florence Bratenahl. 

Woods Walks and Birdwalks

The woods and gardens are open, and you are most welcome to enjoy and explore the woods and gardens on your own.  Literature about the woods is available in the post box along the path (near the George Washington statue) and in a centrally located post box in the Bishop's Garden.

Two Bird Walks are scheduled for May 2017 - Wednesday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 10. Meet at the George Washington equestrian statue on Pilgrim Road at 8:30 am. Bird Walks are FREE and no reservations are required.

If you wish a group tour of the Olmsted Woods, please use this form.
To view the beautiful autumn 2016 colors in the woods and gardens CLICK here to see our slideshow on YouTube.

Woodlands Information Line: (202) 537-2319. 


Volunteer Opportunities: Care of the Olmsted Woods is an ongoing effort. If you would like to help, please call Sandy Flowers, Director of Horticulture & Grounds: (202) 537-5773.

The AHG Garden Docent Program prepares individuals to give tours of the Bishop's Garden and surrounding Cathedral gardens. Monthly garden walk-arounds and printed materials and plant lists educate prospective docents about these historic gardens in a fun and interesting way. If you wish to learn more about this program or volunteer as a garden docent in the Bishop’s Garden, click here.