It’s the Floral Design Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Get In On the Excitement of the First Lady’s Luncheon

Imagine creating 200 innovative centerpieces and arrangements – all from American Grown Flowers and foliage – to wow 2,200 guests at a special event. Next, envision working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of America’s most talented floral designers.

The results of working with American Grown Flowers can always be stunning. Check out this beautiful design from last year’s First Lady’s Luncheon.

Now imagine that the guests at the upcoming event are the spouses and associates of members of Congress and cabinet members, and the event is the historic First Lady’s Luncheon, a bi-partisan tradition hosted annually since 1912.

It really is an exciting opportunity to give back, make a difference and hone your floral design chops.

Certified American Grown Flowers is seeking volunteer floral designers and support team members for the 2018 First Lady’s Luncheon, set for May 15 in Washington, D.C.

Join an incredible team of dedicated designers for this unique opportunity to share your time and talent for this special event.

This year, the Certified American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team is being organized and led by Kelly Shore and Mary Kate Kinnane.

Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore helped to lead last year’s Certified American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team.

Shore is the owner and lead designer of Petals by the Shore, serving the greater Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. A renowned wedding and event florist, Shore helped lead last year’s American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team and is committed to designing with sustainable homegrown blooms and uses nearly 75 percent American Grown flowers and foliage in her creations.

Petals by the Shore has been featured in national and local magazines and blogs such as Florists’ ReviewWashingtonian Bride and Groom, Style Me Pretty, Weddings Unveiled, Cottage Hill, Ruffled, Once Wed and United with Love, and was the featured designer at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska.

Kinnane also served as a volunteer designer last year and is the owner and lead designer of her own floral design company 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.

Mary Kate served as a volunteer designer last year and will be working with Kelly Shore to help lead this year’s team.

Kinnane 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 America’s flower farmer and the florist to the public while sharing the mission of the American Grown Flower movement.

Check out these photos from last year’s effort on our Flickr page.

Then let us know that you’d like to volunteer!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Work together with your fellow designers utilizing some amazing American Grown Flowers from all over the country.


Jimmy Lohr of greenSinner in Pittsburg, PA, our resident flower whisperer, helped to make the execution a success and entertaining the team along the way.


Floral designers Kelly Shore, Christy Hulsey of the Colonial House of Flowers and Margaret Lloyd of Margaret Joan Floral lead the 2017 Certified American Grown First Lady’s Luncheon Design Team.


Lists, lists and more lists. It take a lot of “to dos” to execute an event for 2,200 people.


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