The Chief Floral Designer, has a very important role to play at the White House. They are responsible for the arrangement and management of all floral decorations and events for the First Family.
The White House did not introduce flowers into its everyday decor until the 19th Century, When President James Buchanan ordered the construction of a conservatory on the west side of the White House. The conservatory supplied the White House with flowers up until the end of the 19th century. When Theodore Roosevelt took office, he put the White House through a ton of renovations. He took out the conservatory, and added what is known as the “West Wing” to the White House. This added more offices for his cabinet. It was not until the 1960’s, when Jacqueline Kennedy became First Lady, that she established the Official Office of the White House Florist, which was located in the basement of the White House
The current Chief Floral Designer is Hedieh “Roshan” Ghaffarian. She is an Iranian Imagrant, who achieved the American dream. She came to America as a small child, and became a citizen. In her early twenties, Hedieh started her own floral business in her parents garage, called Flower Affairs. She has over 25 years of experience in the floral industry and has successfully completed over 1,000 events. With an expansive portfolio and extensive experience in envisioning, planning, and executing large-scale events with great attention to detail, she was the perfect fit for the White House. The florist not only needs to be up to date with the latest floral design trends, they must also know each flower and and what they or their colors signify in every country, as to not offend any visiting diplomats. Check out some of her latest floral designs:
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