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Big White House Flower Story

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Michelle Obama's Favorite Flowers for Arrangements 

This story is packed with juicy nuggets for us gardeners:

  • The floral preferences of the Obamas.
  • White House Floral Designer Laura Dowling's "garden" style.  It's more relaxed, with lots of unexpected touches.
  • The exciting Top Florist-type competition for the job.
  • The role of flowers in the lives of everyone living in and visiting the White House.  Like the "transition of flowers" on Inauguration Day, and a floral gift of friendship to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. 
  • How floral design at the White House has changed over the years.
  • Dowling's bio, including years in Paris and a high-powered Capitol Hill husband.

Garden designers and gardeners alike are happily predicting a similar transformation in the gardens around the White House – because it's high time. Click here to see why.  

Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 7:08 am, in the category Green the Grounds.
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3 Responses to “Big White House Flower Story”

  1. Laura Bell says:

    I can almost picture the bouquets in the story – they sound divine ! But I wonder … What happens to the flowers & greenery once they are removed from display ? Composted, I hope … ?

  2. Great story Susan. Thanks for sharing it.

    Just the type of the story that I dream of covering on my Garden World Report show OR, on my OWN.TV show, if selected by Oprah’s new network people. I pitched it as “Eden Makers!”

    Happy 4th!
    Shirley Bovshow

  3. sarahammocks says:

    I don’t think you can compost commercially grown flowers because they are full of pesticides, fungicides, etc. I might be wrong though–would be interested to hear what others say about this.

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