About the International Floral Display
In 2006, the first “Flowers Around the World” exhibit was held in the magnificent 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.
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 Flower Mart’s favorite attractions.
Flower Mart 2019
Participating Embassies and Cultural Offices
His Excellency Mr. Varuzhan Nersesyan, Ambassador of Armenia, and Mrs. Narine Malkhasyan. Designer: Design and arrangement by Daughters of Vartan with the artistic contribution by Mrs. Narine Malkhasyan, spouse of the Ambassador of Armenia H.E. Varuzhan Nersesyan. Theme: “Tribute to Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)”
When the world-renowned French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour passed away, French President Emmanuel Macron posted several Tweets in Armenian honoring the life and legacy of the great artist. Charles Aznavour sang from the bottom of his heart and touched the hearts of millions.
His Excellency The Hon. Joe Hockey, Ambassador of Australia, and Ms. Melissa Babbage. Designer: Ms. Nova Dela Cruz and Mr. Mark Gaegham. Theme: “Essential Eucalyptus”
Most honey in Australia is produced from the nectar of eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees are important in providing food sources and nest sites for bees native to Australia. This year, the Embassy of Australia celebrates 50 years at its Scott Circle location. Traditionally, 50th anniversaries are acknowledged with something gold. The gold/yellow flowers in this display are a nod to this special occasion and to our powerful pollinator friends – bees!
His Excellency Francisco Carrión Mena, Ambassador of Ecuador and Mrs. Paulina Arcos Floral Designer: Marco Benitez. Theme: “A Gift for You”
Ecuadorian roses are considered the best in the world due to their incomparable quality, beauty, and unique characteristics: thick long stems, big buds, and vivid colors. The biggest flower production centers are located in places that reach 2000 meters above sea level. There sunlight is more direct and the temperature is stable throughout the year. Roses are one of the most important Ecuadorian exports to the United States.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Eddie Mak, JP, Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States, and Mrs. Lydia Mak. Designer: Ms. Joan Cheong, Greenworks. Theme: “Fragrant Harbour”
The arrangement contains hybrid delphinium, phalenophis orchids, steel grass, purple allium, green dendrobium orchid, peonies, eramerius, roses, aspistra leaves, and monstera leaves.
His Excellency Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan, and Mrs. Yoko E. Sugiyama. Designer: Bruce Wilson, Saga Goryu Ikebana School. Theme: “A Mandala of Flowers From Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto”
“Shogonka” is a flower arrangement made at Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto, which this fall celebrated its 1200th anniversary. In the context of Shingon Buddhism, the arrangement portrays the Six elements whose interaction composes the universe: earth, water, fire, wind, space and consciousness.
His Excellency Cho Yoon-je, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, and Ms. Sunae Woo. Designer: Ms. Ok Han of York Flowers.
This arrangement incorporates a variety of spring plants, blossoms and flowers centered around a scene of traditional Korean Dakjongie dolls. These handcrafted figures are made from traditional Hanji paper, a durable and versatile material produced from the bark of Korean mulberry trees.
Her Excellency Ms. Sylvie Lucas, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Designers: Ms. Jane Marte and Ms. Victoria Vieru. Theme: “Luxembourg: Land of Roses”
Nestled in between Belgium, Germany, and France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, with its lush greenery, is often referred to as the “Green Heart of Europe.” Thanks to an ancient tradition of rose cultivation, Luxembourg is also know as the “Land of Roses.” The red and white roses, mixed with blue flowers, represent the colors of the Luxembourg national flag.
Her Excellency Martha Barcena, Ambassador of Mexico. Designer: Mr. Enrique Quiroz. Theme: “Mexican Flowers: A Gift to the World”
The arrangement in Talavera ceramic vases includes: calla lillies, multicolor dahlias (national flower of Mexico in 1963), and mini cymbidium yellow orchids.
His Excellency Emanuel González-Revilla, Ambassador of Panama, and Mrs. Luciana Miró de González-Revilla. Designer: Mr. Allan Woods. Theme: “Orchids of Panama”
The design contains Cymbidium orchids, Vanda orchids, Oncidium orchids, and Dendrobium orchids. The arrangement is accented with greenery to evoke the beautiful hills and mountains of Panama.
His Excellency Sarath Dissanayake, Ambassador of the Republic of Sri Lanka, and Mrs. Ramanika Dissanayake. Designer: Mr. Sunera De Zoysa, Mrs. Chathurika Silva. Theme: “Traditional Oil Lamp”
This display is in memory fo the victims of the Easter Sunday Terrorist Attack – which took place in Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019.
The display includes the flags of Sri Lanka and the United States of America along with a traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp adorned with flowers.
His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden. Designers: Mr. Rodrigo Geron, Patrick Janser, Wilmer Belmonte. Theme: “Alpine Cattle Ascent”
The tradition of alpine cattle ascent is widely celebrated throughout Switzerland. In May, before the start of summer, onlookers gather to watch the festive procession of adorned animals being herded from valleys up to mountain pastures by men and women dressed in traditional outfits. This arrangement is inspired by the crown of flowers adorning cattle during the procession.
Ambassador Stanley Kao and Ms. Sherry Sung. Designer: Greenworks Florist. Theme: “Taiwan, the Powerhouse of the Butterfly Orchid”
This arrangement presents the butterfly orchid flowers which form the shape of Taiwan Island. Taiwan is one of the world’s major butterfly orchid exporters, and in Taiwan, butterfly orchis are associated with the word “happiness”.
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”
Flowers in this arrangement are grown in the gardens and greenhouses of the British Embassy – located on Massachusetts Avenue, not far from the Washington National Cathedral.
Represented by Washington National Cathedral Flower Guild. Designers: Linda Roeckelein and Sue Morriss. Theme: “In Honor of our Beautiful Bishop’s Garden”
An arrangement of plants and spring flowers that represent the beauty of the Cathedral’s Bishop’s Garden.