Flower delivery service builds 'Wall of Love' near Capitol
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A flower delivery service is encouraging lawmakers to trade partisan fights for a bit of petal diplomacy, erecting a gigantic “Wall of Love” outside the Capitol made up of hundreds of bouquets.

The wall, which went up on Wednesday at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, was built by Teleflora, and includes 1,000 handmade floral bouquets. The 50-foot wide and 8-foot high flower-filled barrier represents “a universal message of unity and hope this holiday season,” the company said in a Tuesday statement.

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Hill staff, members of Congress, and the public are all invited to stop by and take a free bouquet. An insider tells ITK that lawmakers are encouraged to “share a bouquet with someone from across the aisle with whom they haven’t always seen eye-to-eye,” while staffers may want to send an arrangement to “their counterpart in another office to apologize for not signing onto their amendment or Dear Colleague letter.”

The wall is located at Union Square on 3rd Street, on the National Mall between Jefferson and Madison Drive.

“Once all the bouquets have been taken,” Teleflora said, “the wall will ‘disappear,’ leaving behind one universal message of love.”

—Updated Wednesday at 10:12 a.m.