Holidays at the White House
with Laura Dowling, former White House Chief Floral Designer
Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
$10 AHS members/$15 non-members
As Chief Floral Designer during the Obama administration, Laura Dowling was responsible for the dazzling floral pieces that made the holiday season so memorable. Join her for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the innovative plant-centered decorations, including intricate hydrangea-covered archways, gilded maple leaf rosette panels, and sugar paste floral vases. In addition to her White House experiences, Dowling will share tips and techniques for planning holiday displays at home, including suggestions for re-creating some of the most popular and original White House holiday designs.
Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Design at the White House from 2009 to 2015, where she managed White House floral design for thousands of officials, private events, and large-scale installations including the iconic White House Christmas. She has authored four books and her work is featured across the country, from flower shows to design magazines to HGTV to U.S. postal stamps. Dowling is an AHS board member as well as an AHS Great American Gardener Award recipient and a Royal Horticultural Society Distinguished Flower Ambassador.