Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SPEAKER SERIES #6: Laura Dowling

Speaker Series #6

FLORAL DIPLOMACY: At the White House
Laura Dowling - Author, Floral Designer
October 30th  |  7:00 pm

As the one-time Chief Floral Designer at the White House, Laura Dowling managed décor and flowers for thousands of events while using flowers as a strategic tool for communicating diplomatic, symbolic and policy messages. She will share her inspiration, techniques, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the official and private White House.
Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. As creative director for flowers and décor, she managed White House floral design for thousands of official and private events, including state dinners, parties, receptions and large-scale installations, such as the Fourth of July, Halloween and the iconic White House Christmas. Her lush and lively floral creations also graced the White House state rooms, East and West Wing offices, Camp David and the Presidential private residence. As Chief Floral Designer, Laura launched innovative strategic partnerships with the nation’s top artists and designers, White House policy staff, including the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) and Presidential Innovation Fellows, creating imaginative, cutting-edge décor and flowers.
FREE to the public. Seating is limited; make reservations online at or call 301-373-2280.
The Boeing Company has generously sponsored the Speaker Series at Sotterley for the past 12 years.


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