D.C. March 26, 2017
The Secret Garden In Washington DC You’re Guaranteed To Love
Hidden behind one of the most well known churches in the country is one of the most beautiful gardens in Washington DC. Designed to be a “Garden for the Ages,” the Bishops’ Garden on the grounds of the National Cathedral is the best secret garden in Washington DC.
The original plan for 59 acres surrounding the Washington Cathedral began in 1907. The famous landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. designed the garden to be a beautiful landscape.
The designers wanted the gardens to match the feeling of the 14th century Gothic cathedral with historical interest and native plants of the area.
The privacy of the garden stems from its design. The garden was meant to be a private garden "out back" of the Bishop’s house.
However, the garden became more public and a larger entrance was built through the Norman Arch at Norman Court.
The garden itself is a combination of circular paths, spaces of bright light and hidden shades and beautiful framed views and Gothic architecture.
Throughout the garden there are a many different hidden peaceful spots to sit and enjoy the scenery.
The gorgeous stone gazebo is one of the more popular places to sit and enjoy the beauty.
With the many different types of plants and flowers in the garden, it’s a beautiful place to visit any time of year.
You can take a self guided tour of Bishop’s Garden or you can schedule a docent-led group to learn more about the plants and history of the garden.
The Garden is open year-round for visitors and if you need to escape into a hidden paradise, we suggest a visit!
For more beauty in DC,
visit this little slice of paradise hiding in DC!