Incredible floral designs you can try at home

April 19, 2010 4:08:25 PM PDT
"Bouquets to Art" is back at the de Young Museum this month and Leigh Glaser was able to meet up with famed White House floral designer Ruth Loiseau. Her floral designs have captivated the world and now you'll see how you can try the art of floral design right at home.

What it's like working in the White House:

Ruth has worked with the White House floral department since the Reagan administration and has worked on State Dinners, Princess Diana's visit to the White House, President Gorbachev's visit, the White House Christmas decorations, etc.

Some First Ladies have definite preferences for flowers. Nancy Reagan loved peonies.

Some Presidents are allergic. The Clintons had to have artificial Christmas decorations on the residence floor in the White House as President Clinton would lose his voice from real flowers.

The White House floral department begins months in advance to prepare for a State Dinner or the Christmas decorations. Arrangements are mocked up and shown to the First Lady and the Social Secretary for approval. Ruth and her team begin 4 days in advance of a State Dinner to start preparing the containers and the flowers for the arrangements.

EVENT FEATURED IN THIS SEGMENT:

Bouquets to Art 2010
The 26th annual Bouquets to Art exhibition returns to the de Young Museum in April, featuring 150 floral displays interpreting the Museum's permanent collection. There are nearly 150 arrangements spread throughout the museum that are each homage to a particular work of art in our collection. The florists that participate come from all over the world, California and the Bay Area. This year is the 26th year of this event, which is the single largest annual fundraiser for the museum. More than 70,000 visitors will come through the de Young during the 5 days of the show.

Organized and produced by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, and with generous support by community donors and museum staff, Bouquets to Art raises funds for special exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programs.

Bouquets to Art and "French Impressions"
Bouquets to Art 2010 celebrates the upcoming landmark Impressionism exhibitions from the Musée d'Orsay that will be on view at the de Young Museum shortly after the close of Bouquets to Art.

Getting to the de Young: The de Young is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Cross streets are John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Parking near the Museum is difficult and will be extremely limited during Bouquets to Art Week. We strongly encourage visitors to take public transportation to Golden Gate Park. If you plan to drive, please allow ample time for parking.

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
Website: http://www.famsf.org/deyoung

About Ruth Loiseau:
Ruth Loiseau is a master floral designer. Her company, Ruth L. specializes in providing unique, outstanding, and high-quality floral pieces. She is an accomplished lecturer in the art of floral design.

The White House flower shop calls upon Ruth's extensive experience in floral design for special events. From the administration of Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush and those in between, she has lent her expertise to a myriad of White House events including state dinners and royal visits from Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana. She will continue with special events for the Obama administration.

Ruth's unique style and elegance stand out in any project she creates. Her proficiency in decorating the entirety of a home's interior, including chandeliers, fireplaces, walls, and windows, is unparalleled. Her floral taste, the flowers and greens she selects, blend seamlessly to create the setting of a room. Ruth's graceful style has made her a favorite top designer in home and special event settings throughout the country.
Website: http://www.ruthl.com


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