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2 Great Garden, Food, Crafts, and Fun Festivals This Weekend

Visit Flower Mart in DC and the Azalea Garden Festival near Potomac.

Photographs by Carol Ross Joynt.

For gardeners, foodies, casual shoppers, kids, parents—just about everyone—this weekend offers the Washington area two venerable spring festivals: the National Cathedral Flower Mart and the Azalea Garden Festival. Both start Friday morning and run through the weekend.

At the National Cathedral Flower Mart, expect to see racks of plants, stalls offering crafts, book sales, fresh strawberries, and carnival foods, performances, and rides for the little ones. In years past, an organ grinder has also been in attendance. Children love the merry-go-round, the moon bounce, and the pint-size Ferris wheel.

The Flower Mart runs Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturday from 10 to 5 and overtakes most of the Cathedral grounds at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues. There is garage parking, but it fills up early. The closest Metro station is Cleveland Park.

On Saturday only there will also be tours of the Cathedral’s tower at a cost of $10 per person. It’s a good workout—300 steps—and there is a minimum height requirement of four feet.

To enjoy the splendors of the Azalea Garden Festival, one has only to head out to the Landon School on Wilson Lane. Yes, it’s a great place to buy azalea plants, but you’ll also find rhododendrons, roses, peonies, mountain laurel, geraniums, lilacs, and herb and vegetable plants. In addition to the bountiful plant sales, there is a boutique with 60 vendors, games and rides for children of all ages, plus concessions offering pizza, lobster rolls, burgers, baked goods, and beverages. Expect concerts featuring the school’s bands and choirs.

The Azalea Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 5, from 10 to 5. Parking is available on the Landon grounds.

For more fairs, festivals, and farmers markets, pick up a copy of the May issue of The Washingtonian, on newsstands now.

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  • Diana

    It's actually "Wilson Ln" vice "Wilson Blvd.," thought it honestly feels like a blvd sometimes traffic-wise:/ Also, why not say the Azalea Festival's in West Bethesda? Thanks

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