My First Ladies

by Reba Berge, Tastemaker in Residence

Looking for some floral inspiration?! Check out "My First Ladies" by Nancy Clarke.  As the White House chief floral designer for six administrations, Nancy Clarke gives you the inside story to a remarkable life at the White House.

In this book Nancy Clarke reveals the touching, funny, and illuminating story of what it was like to serve under six administrations and to help each first lady find her own personal style when it came to planning flower designs, state dinners, and holiday festivities in the White House. You'll learn how Nancy gave comfort to Nancy Reagan when she discovered she had cancer and how she helped Laura Bush to gain the confidence to select bright, bold flower arrangements over the more conservative palettes she had used in her first years as first lady. You'll see the deep bond that developed between Nancy Clarke and Barbara Bush and you'll feel what it was like to be standing in a bunker right next to President Bush in the days following 9/11. Only Nancy Clarke can reveal the inside story of what it was like to work for more than 30 years in the White House she called her second home. (This Paragraph by iTunes preview)