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Promise you a rose carden: Ex-White House florist (and Chehalis native) tells all

Laura Dowling, former White House chief floral designer, in New York, March 20, 2017. Her new book, “Floral Diplomacy at the White House,” describes some decorating drama at her former workplace – including stories of bees on the loose at President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday barbecue and “molecular” arrangements for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who holds a chemistry degree. (Tawni Bannister/The New York Times)

Laura Dowling’s new book is “Floral Diplomacy at the White House,” which contains a number of juicy details about decorating drama at her former place of employment, along with anecdotes about flower arrangements and craft projects.

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