It’s the Floral Design Opportunity of a Lifetime!

You Can Help Design the First Lady’s Luncheon in D.C.!

Certified American Grown Flowers is seeking volunteer floral designers and support team members for the 2019 First Lady’s Luncheon, set for May 14 in Washington, D.C.

The First Lady’s Luncheon design team has the joy of creating a room full of beauty using American Grown Flowers, like this brilliant design from last year’s event.  Photo by Kirstin Smith Photography.

As a volunteer, you’ll work side by side with some of America’s most talented floral designers to create hundreds of arrangements – all from American Grown Flowers and Greens – to wow guests at this historic bipartisan luncheon that’s been an annual tradition since 1912.

Be part of a team of talented designers from around the country for this unique opportunity to create stunning designs for the First Lady’s Luncheon.  Photo by Kirstin Smith Photography.

This is your chance to give back and make a difference, all while honing your floral design chops for a prestigious audience!

This year, the Certified American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team is being co-led by Mary Kate Kinnane of The Local Bouquet and Christi Lopez AIFD EMC of Bergerons Flowers.

Mary Kate Kinnane of The Local Bouquet served as the Co-Lead Designer of last year’s Certified American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team.  Photo by Kirstin Smith Photography.

Kinnane, who’s volunteering for the First Lady’s Luncheon for the third year, is the owner and lead designer at The Local Bouquet, based in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Founded in 2013, The Local Bouquet specializes in weddings and events using 100 percent local and American Grown Flowers.

She started her business with a love for design and a passion for providing a product that is seasonal, sustainable and American Grown. When she’s not designing weddings across Southern New England, she’s spreading her love of flowers by teaching floral design classes to the public, including the popular “The Farmer Florist Series.” This hands-on, in-depth experience connects the American flower farmer and the florist to the public while sharing the mission of the American Grown Flower movement.

Christi Lopez participated as a member of the design team last year and will work with Mary Kate Kinnane this year to help lead our amazing group of designers.  Photo by Kirstin Smith Photography.



With over 30 years of experience in the floral industry, Lopez’s Bergerons Flowers specializes in weddings and event design for clients in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area.

Big on giving back, Lopez also helps florists who are just starting out confidently unleash their design creativity and run a profitable business through professional coaching, floral design intensives and her Business of Flowers Facebook Group.

“My goal is to provide you the tools you need to learn about the floral industry from a creative design perspective and also equip you to succeed with business knowledge,” she explains at


Check out these photos from last year’s effort on our Flickr page. Then let us know that you’d like to volunteer!

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