What was it like to set a table fi t for a queen (literally, Elizabeth II, the queen of England)? Or to design the flowers and decorations for every White House state dinner and Christmas since 1985? As the White House chief floral designer, Nancy Clarke knows — she has worked intimately with First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. In My First Ladies, she 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. For the first time in print, Nancy Clarke describes the inside story of her more than twenty-five years in the White House, a place she fondly called her second home.
About the Authors
Nancy Clarke is renowned for being the chief floral designer at the White House. She has created thousands of floral arrangements for six American presidents, first ladies, and their families. Nancy has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Washingtonian, and U.S. News & World Report. She has been featured online and on television at The Huffington Post, Politico, Apartment Therapy, on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Today. Nancy lives in the D.C. area.
Christie Matheson (co-author) is a lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in many national magazines, including Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul and Glamour. She helped Alison Sweeney write her bestselling book The Mommy Diet and she is the co-author of a number of books. She is the author of Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style and Salty Sweet. Christie lives in San Francisco, California.