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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.

 

Countries and Representative Offices Participating in the 2016 International Floral Display:

Embassy of the Republic of Armenia His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian

Embassy of Australia His Excellency The Honorable Joe Hockey, Ambassador of Australia, and Ms. Melissa Babbage . Designer: Ms. Nova Dela Cruz & Mr. Mark Geaghan Theme: Lake Hillier, Western Australia

Embassy of Colombia His Excellency Juan Carlos Pinzon, Ambassador of Colombia and Mrs. Pilar de Pinzon

Embassy of Germany His Excellency Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany, and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig Designer: Mr. Wilman Codoy

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Mr. Clement Leung, JP, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs and Mrs. Margaret Leung Designer: Greenworks , Ms. Joan Cheong Theme: Fragrant Harbour

Embassy of Jamaica Flower Mart's Honored Country 2012 His Excellency Ralph Samuel Thomas Designer: Greenworks Florist, Mr. Rick Scott

Embassy of Japan His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae Designer: Japanese Embassy Sogetsu Group Theme: Rikka – The Beginning of Summer

Embassy of the Republic of Korea His Excellency Ahn Ho-Young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Ms. Lee Seon-Hwa Designer: Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea


Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg His Excellency Jean-Louis Wolzfeld, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Designer: Ms. Victoria Vieru and Ms. Jane Marte
Royal Netherlands Embassy Ambassador Heendrik Jan Jurriaan Schuwer Designer: Ms. Susanne Schrijvers
Theme: Women with Flowers

Embassy of New Zealand
His Excellency The Honorable Tim Groser,
Ambassador of New Zealand
Designer: Mr. Jonathan Steffert, Embassy of
New Zealand
Theme: Hobbiton

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri,
Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore
and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri
Designer: Ms. Juniper Lim, Embassy of the
Republic of Singapore

Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, and Mrs. Kanthi Kariyawasam Designer: Ms. Carmen Perera, Posies to Roses
Theme: Grandeur from the Paradise Island

Embassy of Switzerland His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden Designer: Mrs. Anita Dahinden, Mr. Rodrigo Geron, Mr. Patrick Janser
Theme: The Gotthard base tunnel: Innovation made in Switzerland

Royal Thai Embassy
His Excellency Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America, and Mrs. Wanchana Manawapat
Designer: Mrs. Wanchana Manawapat & Master of fruit carving at residence of the Ambassador, Mr. Prateep Chaiseema
Theme: Splendor of Floral Fruit Carving & Thai Orchids

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey His Excellency Serdar Kılıç, Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Zeoiha Sin Kılıç
Designer: Sefika Kurt, Little Shop of Flowers
Theme: Flowers & children all around the world gather in Antalya for EXPO 2016

Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland His Excellency Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador and Lady Darroch Designer: Ms. Linda Ruglys, Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Theme: From the Garden

United States of America Represented By Washington National Cathedral Designer: Anne Bowen for the Washington National Cathedral Altar Guild

 

 

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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