Stewards to the Garden & Grounds of the Cathedral Since 1916

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ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FLORAL DISPLAYS

In 2006, the first “Flowers Around the World” exhibit was held in the magnificent 102' tall nave of Washington National Cathedral. Washington Embassies, their ambassadors, and their floral designers contributed to the creation of gorgeous displays in the bays that run the length of the great hall. That year, the exhibit was the theme of the Mart and the Chair was Laura Felder. Marie-Therese Lowell, wife of the Ambassador from Malta suggested the idea to a member of All Hallows Guild based on her experience of such exhibits in her home country.

The floral designs highlight each country’s natural and floral heritage as well as its topography, national colors, flags, and symbols. Their designer’s talents produce stunning visual effects against the backdrop of the impressive Gothic structure. The exhibit is open both days of Flower Mart with free admission.

Many smaller embassies are able to support Flower Mart by participating in the exhibit. To date (2006-2015), nearly 40 different embassies have contributed to the exhibit – some numerous years. The exhibit has grown to be one of the most anticipated and enjoyed aspects of Flower Mart.

Click here to view pdf presentations of the history of the International Floral Displays and the ambassadors and designers who participated.

Click here to view the Floral Display Galleries.

 

2017 International Floral Display - Participating Embassies and Cultural Offices 
Embassy of Armenia His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian Designer: Friends of the Armenian Embassy
Embassy of Australia His Excellency The Honorable Joe Hockey, Ambassador of Australia, and his wife, Ms. Melissa Babbage Designer: Ms. Nova Dela Cruz
Embassy of Canada His Excellency David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada, and his wife, Ms. Leslie Noble Designer: Courtesy of Flowers Canada Growers
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig  Designer: Ms. Laura Dowling
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office - Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr. Clement Leung. JP, Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, and Mrs. Margaret Leung Designer: Mr. Rick Scott, Greenworks
Embassy of Jamaica Her Excellency Audrey Patrice Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica, and Mr. Jassel Dunstan Designer: Mr. Eric Scott, Greenworks
Embassy of Japan His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae Designer: Sachiko Furlan, Sogetsu Group
Embassy of the Republic of Korea His Excellency Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, and Ms. Lee Seon-Hwa, Designers Ok Han and Jeong Ran Kim, York Flowers
Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Her Excellency Ms. Sylvie Lucas, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Designers: Mrs. Victoria Vieru and Mrs. Jane Marte
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Mrs. Lena Schuwer Designer: Ms. Susanne Schrijvers
Embassy of Panama His Excellency Emanuel Gonzalez-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama, and Mrs. Luciana Miro de Gonzalez-Revilla Designer: Allan Woods
Embassy of the Russian Federation The Russian Cultural Centre in Washingto, DC  Mr. Oleg Zhiganov, Head of the Russian Cultural Centre Designer: York Flowers
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri Designer: Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and Mrs. Kanthi Kariyawasam Designer: Ms. Sunera De Zoysa
Embassy of Switzerland His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden Designers: Mrs. Anita Dahinden, Mr. Rodrigo Geron, and Mr. Patrick Janser
Royal Thai Embassy His Excellency Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador of Thailand, and Mrs. Wanchana Manawapat Designer: Mrs. Wanchana Manawapat
Embassy of Ukraine His Excellency Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador of Ukraine, and his wife Liudmyla Mazuka Designer: Embassy of Ukraine creative team lead by Lydia Stupak
Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland His Excellency Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador, and Lady Vanessa Darroch Designer: Diane B. Cunningham, with assistance from John Sonnier, APLD, Horticulturist
United States of America Represented By Washington National Cathedral Flower Guild Designer: Linda Roeckelein, Head of Guild, and Jennifer Lee-Thorpe

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Listing of Participating Countries and Their Years of Participation

Armenia – 2015, 2014, 2008, 2007, 2016
Austria – 2014, 2013, 2011
Australia – 2015,2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2016
Belgium - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Canada – 2008, 2007, 2006
Columbia – 2014, 2013, 2009, 2016
Cyprus – 2008
Ecuador – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2007
Germany – 2015, 2016
Greece – 2014, 2009, 2008, 2007
Hong Kong – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2016
India – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Jamaica – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2016
Japan – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2016
Korea – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2016
Latvia - 2007
Luxembourg – 2015, 2014, 2016
Malaysia – 2015, 2014 
Malta – 2008, 2006
Mongolia – 2015
New Zealand – 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2016
Peru - 2014
Philippines – 2015, 2010
Poland – 2010, 2006
Royal Netherlands – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2016
Singapore - 2014, 2016
Slovenia – 2008
South Africa -2012, 2008, 2006
Spain – 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Sri Lanka – 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2016
Sweden - 2015, 2014
Switzerland –2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2016
Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) - 2015                                                                  

Kingdom of Thailand - 2015, 2016                                                                                                                                           

Trinidad & Tobago-2012                                                                                                                                                                                             Turkey - 2015, 2016                                                                                                                                                          

Ukraine – 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
United Kingdom & Northern Ireland – 2015,2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2016
United States – 2015,2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2016