International Floral Display

About the International Floral Display

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, and has grown to be one of the most anticipated and enjoyed aspects of Flower Mart.

Royal Thai Embassy Display – Flower Mart 2018

2018 International Floral Display – Participating Embassies and Cultural Offices

  • Embassy of Armenia – His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian, Designer: The William Saroyan Home & Museum, Theme:“My Heart’s in the Highlands– 110th Anniversary of William Saroyan”
  • Embassy of Australia – His Excellency The Honorable Joe Hockey, Ambassador of Australia, and Ms. Melissa Babbage,Designer: Ms. Nova Dela Cruz, Theme: “100 Years of Mateship — Celebrating the First 100 YearsAustralia & United States
  • Embassy of Bulgaria – His Excellency Tihomir Stoytchev, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Ms. Lubka Stoytcheva, Designer: Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Theme: “Traditional Bulgarian Renaissance Architecture”
  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – Mr. Clement Leung. L.P., Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, and Mrs. Margaret Leung, Designer: Ms. Joan Cheong, Greenworks, Theme: “Fragrant Harbor”
  • Embassy of Jamaica – Her Excellency Audrey Patrice Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica, and Mr. Jassel Dunstan, Designer: Mr. Rick Scott, Theme: “Tropical Paradise”
  • Embassy of Japan – His Excellency Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs. Yoko E. Sugiyama,Designer: Sachiko Furlan, Sougetsu Group, Theme: “八十八夜 –Eighty-Eight Nights”
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea – His Excellency Cho Yoon-je, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, and Ms. Sunae Woo, Designer: Ok Han and Jeong Ran Kim of York Flowers
  • Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – Her Excellency Ms. Sylvie Lucas, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,Designers: Ms. Victoria Vieru and Ms. Jane Marte, Theme: “Luxembourg: Land of Roses”
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Mrs. Lena Bowman Schuwer, Designer: Ms. Susanne Schrijvers, Theme: “Tulip Week”
  • Embassy of New Zealand – His Excellency Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, Designer: Mr. Jonathan Steffert, Theme: “Suffrage 125”
  • Embassy of Panama – His Excellency Emanuel González-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama, and Mrs. Luciana Miró de González-Revilla, Designer: Mr. Allan Woods, Theme: “Tropical Flowers”
  • Embassy of Switzerland – His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden, Designer: Mr. Rodrigo Geron, Theme: “Femme in Extase by Ferdinand Holder”
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States – Ambassador Stanley Kao and Ms. Sherry Sung, Designer: LuLu Florist, Theme: “Spring Blossom/Step Rising”
  • Royal Thai Embassy – His Excellency Virachai Plasai, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, and Mrs. Elizabeth Plasai, Designer: Royal Thai Embassy, Washington DC, Theme: “The Spring of Long-Lasting Friendship (185 Years of Thai-US Relations)”
  • 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, Theme: “Gifts from the Ambassador’s Residence Garden”
  • United States of America – Represented by Washington National Cathedral, Designer: Washington National Cathedral Flower Guild, Ms. Linda Roeckelein, Theme: “In Honor of Our Carousel”


All Hallows Guild was founded in 1916 to provide for the care and beautification of the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. The Guild works closely with the horticultural staff to preserve this historic landscape and raises funds for renovation and renewal of the gardens.


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