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Wives of ambassadors show their live flower arrangement works

The Garden Club of Seoul hosted a Live Flower Arrangement Exhibition at the Raemian Gallery in Seoul on April 3, 2014, where on display were a total of live flower arrangement works created by spouses of the ambassadors of 16 member countries of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC).

▲First-term Chairperson Mrs. Im Wha-kong of the Seoul Garden Club (fifth from left, front row) and Co-President Mrs. Anne Wight of the Club (wife of the British ambassador, second from left) pose with the spouses of the ambassadors who jointly created the large live flower arrangement work on the round table in addition to the individual works on display. Ambassador and Mrs. Bessho Koro of Japan are seen seventh and eighth from left, respectively, in the rear row.

Opening of the exhibition was attended by nearly 100 persons, namely the spouses of the ambassadors of the participating countries and media representatives. The participating countries included Brunei Darussalam (dean of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps [SDA]), the Slovak Republic, the United States, Poland, Japan, Chile, Turkey, Singapore, Korea, India, Georgia, Iraq, Indonesia, Egypt, Australia, Canada, Korea the United Kingdom (co-president of the Garden Club of Seoul).

Among other guests were Founder-President Im Wha-Kong of the Garden Club of Seoul (chairperson of the Whakong Live Flower Arrangement Association); Co-President Kim Jong-sook of the Seoul Garden Club; Ambassadors Dato Haji Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam (dean of SDA), Krzysztof Majka of Poland, Sung Kim of the United States of America and Bessho Koro of Japan; and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.

▲Mrs. Anne Wightman (Wife of UK Ambassador)

According to the creators of the live flower arrangement works, the National Flag of each country was taken as theme of their work and additionally the colors, mountains and other unique features of the countries.

Attracting the attention of the Korean guests at the exhibition was a Hangeul (Korean-language) poetic calligraphic work done by Ambassador Bessho Koro put behind the Ikebana work of his wife, which was to the following effect in prose: “What does not change in this world? The deep pool in the Asuka River has now become a shallow, babbling ford.”

▲Ambassador Dato Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam (dean of Seoul Diplomatic Corps) is taking photo of the joint work of all the participating wives of the ambassadors behind the round table.

Speaking to the guests, Co-President Wightman (spouse of the British ambassador) said, “I hope that today’s show will provide a chance to see how some of our member countries and others from around the world express themselves through flowers. It certainly lifts my hearts to see so many beautiful flowers and to see so much talent shown in the arrangements.”

▲Mrs. Zofia Majka (wife of the Polish ambassador) at left with Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abullah (wife of the ambassador of Brunei Darussalam, concurrently dean of SDC)

Excerpts from the speech:
On behalf of my co-President, Mrs Kim Chong Sook, and myself, I would like to welcome you to the Raemian Gallery for the annual Garden Club Flower Show. It is a pleasure to be here with my fellow Garden Club members and friends from other Embassies, many of whom have contributed to the show today with some beautiful floral decorations.

▲Mrs. Katherine Ivanova Apkhazava (wife of the Georgian Ambassador)

I must firstly thank the Raemian Gallery for allowing us to use this wonderful space here this morning and for being so generous with their resources. Thank you too to those who have contributed arrangements and brought some delicious looking food for us to eat. The show would not be possible, of course, without the support and supervision of our dear friend, Mrs. Im Wha-Kong, who so tirelessly gives of her time each year and puts on a magnificent display of flower arranging.

The Garden Club of Seoul began in November 1957 with the purpose of stimulating interest in the study of soil and climactic conditions relating to trees, shrubs and flowers in Korea.

▲From left: Mrs. Sung Kim, Ambassador Sung Kim, Mrs. Eugenia Bellova (wife of the Slovak ambassador), Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post and Mrs. Zofia Majka (wife of the Polish ambassador)

The Bye-Laws of the Club require that there are no more than 36 members of which 20 are international and 16 Korean. We are a little over that number right now, but with the vagaries of diplomatic life we have a few comings and goings each year, so it is usually possible to keep numbers fairly balanced.

▲Ambassador and Mrs. Dato Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam (center and left) with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.

The Club meets once a month and has traditionally focused on programmes which include talks, garden shows, flower arrangement demonstrations, planting trees and excursions to beautiful gardens, usually those of some of our members. The Club has also been active in donating to worthy charities throughout Koreas and donations in the form of scholarships for horticulture students have also been made in the past.

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▲Ambassador Bessho Koro of Japan and Mrs. Mariko Bessho (center and right) with First-term Chairperson Mrs. Im Wha-kong of the Seoul Garden Club(left)

I hope that today’s show will provide a chance to see how some of our member countries and others from around the world express themselves through flowers. It certainly lifts my hearts to see so many beautiful flowers and to see so much talent shown in the arrangements. Please make sure to help yourself to coffee, tea, juice and a varied selection of edible goodies, and above all, enjoy the show.

▲Ambassadors Sung Kim of the United States (right foreground) and Bessho Koro of Japan (left) who were among the few ambassadors who attended the Seoul Garden Club Live Fower Arrangement Exhibition.

▲Wives of the ambassadors join in the creation of a large live flower arrangment work before the opening of the Exhibition. At left (after the camera) is Mrs. Anne Wightman (wife of the ambassador of the United Kingdom), who is this year’s cor-president of the Seoul Garden Club.

▲Mrs. Im Wha-Kong (second from left) poses with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post (left), Mrs. Kim Young-il (wife of the Korean honorary consul general of Pakistan) at second from right, and other guests.

▲A white porcelain bowl with the names of the wives of the 26 ambassadors taken on the occasion of the meeting of the Seoul Garden Club on April 10, 1987.

▲Mrs. Neelam Prakash (wife of the ambassador of India) at left poses with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Zofia Majka (wife of the Polish ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Alexandra Miksar Prasetio (wife of the ambassador of India)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Helen Paterson (wife of the ambassador of Australia)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Mizuho Chatterson (wife of Canadian ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Katherine Ivanova Apkhazava (wife of the Georgian ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Avazeh Kasrai (wife of the Iraqi ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah (wife of the ambassador of Brunei Darussalam

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Rosanna Bellolio Pasini (wife of Chilean ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Eugenia Bellova (Wife of Slovak Republic Ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Pinar Okcal (wife of the ambassador of Turkey)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Anne Wightman (wife of the ambassador of the United Kingdom)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Tan Siew Eng (wife of the Singaporean ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs.Jae-Eun Chung (wife of USA ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Mariko Bessho (wife of the Japan ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Lee Beom-Seok, widow of the foreign minister of Korea who died with a number of other government ministers during his visit to the Aung San Martyr Mausolium in Myanmar on Oct. 9, 1983 due to bombs planted by north Korean agent.

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Alexandra Miksar Prasetio (wife of Indonesian ambassador)

▲A live flower arrangement work done by Mrs. Nehal Hanna (wife of Egyptian ambassador)

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