Floral Diplomacy, The Universal Language of Flowers

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Today I’m bringing you the most magical, imaginative floral designs! Last summer I had the privilege of photographing the breathtaking creations of internationally recognized stylist Laura Dowling, many of which now appear in her new book Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Laura served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015, managing the floral decor for thousands of White House events, artistically using the medium of flowers for diplomatic and symbolic communication. The bouquets you see here incorporate her signature use of seasonal, local-grown flowers and hand-made containers composed of moss and leaves, and were photographed in natural settings in the Pacific Northwest, where Laura is originally from.

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

 

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Diplomacy at the White House is now available and is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the workings of the White House and the use of the universal language of flowers as a diplomatic tool. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and I’m very proud to have been a small part of it.

Image from Floral Diplomacy Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

Floral Design by Laura Dowling, Photograph by Georgianna Lane

We had such wonderful day, surrounded by flowers and natural beauty. Laura is one of the loveliest and most gracious people I’ve ever met and is continuing her mission to share “floral diplomacy” through design commissions, book projects and international speaking engagements. For the latest from Laura, visit her here on Instagram.

Coming up, more news on book releases, travel and new flower projects. Wishing you a joyful weekend!

xo

G

16 comments


  • OMG….my jaw hit the floor. I am in LOVE. Stunning Georgianna!

    February 11, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you, Stella! Photographing these beautiful arrangements was delightful. So glad you stopped by! x

      February 11, 2017
  • These are such beautiful arrangements. Thanks for sharing.

    FlowerLady

    February 11, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you so much, Lorraine! I’m very glad you enjoyed them. She’s a wonderful floral designer. G

      February 11, 2017
  • The use of moss and foliage as stem coverings/containers adds an extra touch of nature’s wonderful bounty. Beautifully photographed Georgianna!

    February 11, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you, Karen! They’re very creative, aren’t they? Hope all is well with you and your family. G

      February 13, 2017
  • Gorgeous photos, and congratulations on the book contribution! What fantastically wild and magical arrangements—I especially love the sweet peas and the fern / moss vessels. Such lovely shots <3

    February 11, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thanks so much, Suz! Her arrangements are so creative. It was a pleasure to photograph them. x G

      February 13, 2017
  • Veronica

    Wow, you are so busy! So many amazing projects. Congratulations!

    February 12, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you so much, Veronica! Yes, very busy! Have a wonderful week! G

      February 13, 2017
  • Pernille Sparsø

    Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous bouquets off flowers. Very inspiring indeed:-)

    February 13, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you, Pernille! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. Have a beautiful week!

      February 13, 2017
  • My goodness, these are truly so beautiful, Georgianna. Thank you so much for sharing them here.
    xo.

    February 13, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you, Lisa! It was a pleasure to work with Laura and am delighted to share her beautiful creations! Many more in her book, too. x G

      February 13, 2017
  • Fantastic, Georgianna! Flowers have never looked so beautiful as on your photos. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next :) <3 xxx

    February 14, 2017
    • georgianna

      Thank you so much, Vesna! Lovely to hear from you, as always. Lots coming up! xo from us

      February 16, 2017

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