Speaker Profiles

Lecture and Demonstration

Laura Dowling

Laura Dowling

Flower Concepts, Crafts and Color: New Inspiration in the Garden Style

Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

Laura Dowling is the chief floral designer for the White House. She works in the New Garden Style using vines and flowers within a classical bouquet. Dowling has studied French and German floral art under the world’s most exciting and innovative floral philosophers. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, a Minnesota native.

Sponsored by Martha Head

Lecture and Demonstration

James Farmer

James Farmer

Splendid Spring: A Time for Renewal

Thursday, May 1, 2 p.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

James Farmer, a Georgia native, is at the forefront of the garden-to-table lifestyle. As a boy he learned how to pull vegetables from the kitchen garden and cook at his grandmother’s side. A best-selling author, Farmer has been featured in numerous publications and on national TV. In the South, an invitation to a “James Farmer Party” is as valuable as gold.

Sponsored by Lucille Amis

Lecture and Demonstration

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

The History of Flower Arranging from the Egyptians to the Present

Friday, May 2, 10 a.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

Bill Taylor is a floral design professional with over 30 years of experience. He has been a longstanding member of American Institute of Floral Designers, serving as both a fellow and president, and is recognized as an AIFD laureate. He is a highly sought-after international floral designer.

Sponsored by Renata Winsor