American grown flowers star at 107th First Lady’s luncheon

Twelve hundred boutonnières. One hundred, forty-four table arrangements. Eighteen VIP room arrangements. Six cascading head table designs. Two enormous floral photo walls. And a 107 year tradition. All created using American Grown Flowers and Greens and taking center stage at the 107th First Lady’s Luncheon hosted by the Congressional Club on May 14 in Washington, D.C.


America’s flower farmers proudly contributed their blooms to the 107th Congressional Club’s First Lady’s Luncheon. Photos by Kirsten Smith Photography.

Co-lead by Mary Kate Kinnane of The Local Bouquet and Christi Lopez of Bergerons Flowers, this was the fourth year that Certified American Grown provided the flowers for this bipartisan tradition.


American Grown Flowers and Greens were elegantly displayed on each of the one hundred, forty-four tables welcoming guests of the First Lady.

America’s flower farmers proudly sent over 21,000 stems of flowers from farms across the country to the event. A team of 20 designers, backed by a 10-person support team, worked for three days to transform the Washington Hilton Ballroom into an amazing display of the beauty that is represented in our homegrown flowers.


The amazing design and support teams were made up of designers and farmers from all across the nation, giving their time and talent to this worthy and memorable cause.

“This has truly become a wonderful opportunity for our organization to be a part of this bipartisan tradition of honoring our country’s First Lady, while showcasing what our American flower and greens farms can do,” shared Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist. “From the flowers sent by our farms, the transportation provided by DVFlora, the vases from Accent Decor, the hardgoods and flower food from Smithers-Oasis, the amazing volunteer design team – everyone came together to make this happen.”


Christi Lopez (left) and Mary Kate Kinnane (right) co-led the team that masterfully designed the floral arrangements and installations for the First Lady’s Luncheon.

A sincere thanks goes out to this year’s lead designers Mary Kate Kinnane and Christi Lopez for their hard work, leadership and amazing design vision!

Thank you to the flower farms for contributing flowers and greens to this year’s luncheon.

 


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