Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States to Host the “Discover the Beauty of Taiwanese Orchids”

Washington, DC - To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Twin Oaks, the historic estate in northwestern Washington DC owned by the government of Taiwan, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office host the “Discover the Beauty of Taiwanese Orchids” event on September 27, 2018. Leaders from the Washington business and policy community, think tanks and diplomatic corps and journalists attends the event, where they were thrilled by four distinct exhibitions celebrating the most famous natural treasure of Taiwan, the orchids.

Guests enjoyed elements of the display that recreate historical scenes and represent moments from oriental culture, as well as pieces that celebrate the 130-year history of Twin Oaks, all while showcasing many of the unique varieties of orchids bred by Taiwanese horticultural experts. The carefully curated display is meant to showcase the rare natural beauty of Taiwan and symbolized the prosperity that the island brings as a strong friend to the United States.

“Twin Oaks is a symbol of friendship and strength of the U.S.-Taiwan relationship,” said Stanley Kao, Taiwan’s representative to the United States. “This estate has a storied history, both for sharing the culture of Taiwan and the United States, and also for bearing witness to key historical events in this long the mutually beneficial partnership.”

Taiwan is world famous for its beautiful orchids. American customers appreciate the beauty of these unique flowers, and 32 percent of Taiwan’s exported orchids come to the United States. Greater economic cooperation and integration between the U.S. and Taiwan will allow more of these unique flowers, as well as bamboo and other Taiwanese natural exports, to reach American citizens. The Taiwanese government has chosen to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Twin Oaks with orchids because they represent a distinct offering – both in economic terms and in a cultural sense – which Taiwan brings to the robust partnership.
The Taiwanese Council of Agriculture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) co-sponsored this event. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has entrusted the Taiwan Association of Orchid Production and Development with landscaping and arrangement of this auspicious celebration.