With all the talk of veg gardens, who would have guessed that the world of floral design is about to be thrust into the spotlight, thanks to our very stylish First Lady. According to the local gossip columnist, Chief Florist Nancy Clarke is retiring from her post after 31 years "in the mansion."
Naturally, floral designers all over town are chattering about the change (probably Tweeting, too). One "favorite florist of D.C. decorators," Allan Woods, calls Clarke's designs "big round balls," that are "very stiff and formal. The flower look could become looser and more contemporary. It would be fun to see them do more edgy arrangements. On the other hand, it is the White House." He goes on to suggest the White House "bring in different florists from all over the country to design for special events."
Cool idea! And that's coming from someone who's never given any thought to floral design at all but would love to see designers strut their stuff and make it into the Style section. Like some of Woods' own designs in the photo above (in a screen shot from his website).