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White House floral designer will lecture about experience

by webdev

October 17, 2011

Nancy Clarke will discuss her experiences working as a floral designer in the White House through six presidencies at an upcoming lecture and book signing in Northfield, Illinois, the Daily Herald reports.

The recently retired chief floral designer recently published a book about her experiences called "My First Ladies," which discusses the way she worked with each of the six First Ladies. She volunteered for the position during Rosalynn Carter's term, then was hired for her official position during the Reagan presidency. She has since worked with Barbara and Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

"The White House is a museum, and having fresh flowers or plants around is decorative, and they warm up the space," Clarke told the news source. "It feels more comfortable rather than so museum-like."

In her book, Clarke shares several anecdotes about her floral adventures in the White House, including "behind the scenes" details about the flower arrangements that graced the tables during Princess Diana and Prince Charles' visit, and Barbara Bush's requests for flowers that would match her dress.

No doubt, Clarke will also offer inspiration for budding floral designers to create gorgeous displays of autumn flowers or other arrangements of flowering plants.

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