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Monday, May 11, 2009

I have found my dream job


White House floral designer. It seems the Chief Florist, Nancy Clarke, is retiring at the end of the month creating a vacancy in what may be the dreamiest job on the planet.

"For 30 years and six administrations, Ms. Clarke has worked in the White House flower shop, a cozy, sunny room around the corner from the kitchen on the ground floor. Starting at the White House as a volunteer in 1978, she now oversees flowers placed throughout the private residence, the Oval Office, public rooms, hallways, workspaces and Air Force One and Camp David, when they're in use."

Clarke says the new First family has ushered in a decidedly more modern take on floral design: "They are more youthful...so we gear things a little bit younger. A lot more color, brighter colors, happier colors." Forsythia, oncidium orchids and cream-colored cymbidium orchids are some of the First Lady's favorites. "Mrs. Obama 'likes a lot of branches'."

Clarke, 64, says she is retiring to spend more time with her family. Well, if those Teleflora arrangements in the photo above are any indication of the quality of her work, it's definitely time for a change.

[The Wall Street Journal]

7 comments:

g. said...

hahaha! Get in line!

drollgirl said...

BAHAHAHAHHA! you made me honk out loud. killer job. and time to move on.

and the first lady likes a lot of branches. A HHAHAHAHAHAHAH! why is that so funny? i don't know, but i love it.

Pam Kersting said...

Branches are BIG this year! Wouldn't that be the best job, ever!

Debi said...

OMG - just to be near the Obamas would be heaven! You would be great at that!

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Good to hear she is moving on. It saddens me to think of the lovely Obama's living with the sunflower hydrangea nasties goin on here! (lovely flowers separately- but together - just 80's!)

nkp said...

If you're looking for a partner, assistant, whatever...I got a knack with flowers...

erin@designcrisis said...

I know, I saw those sunflowers and cringed at the very idea of them anywhere near the white house. Big fat FAIL.

Michelle's taste sounds so much better, and I'm sure you are just the person to take up the avant garde.