In August 1978, Nancy Clarke became a volunteer floral designer working side-by-side with the permanent staff to decorate the Executive Residence. At the beginning of the Reagan Administration, in 1981, she became a full time member of the White House Flower Shop staff. In 1985, at the beginning the second term of President Reagan, she was hired as the White House Chief Floral Designer, a position she held until retiring on May 31, 2009. For thirty years, she designed everything from simple bud vases on the First Lady’s nightstand to elaborate and formal State Dinners. Her floral designs and Holiday decorations dazzled White House Kings and Queens including Heads of State, congressional members, journalists, as well as thousands of visitors to the mansion and millions of worldwide viewers of much-anticipated holiday television specials.
Articles about her have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Washingtonian, U.S. News & World Report, in addition to being featured online and on television at The Huffington Post, Politico, Apartment Therapy, on ABC News, Good Morning America, Today, the annual HGTV White House Christmas special, specials on A&E and the National Geographic Channel, and many local television programs in Washington, DC, area.. She is the author of her first book entitled My First Ladies which will be available in your local book stores in September 2011.
“I will especially miss Christmas time at the White House. Even after three decades and thirty-one Christmases, the majesty of working at the White House has yet to fade.”
Nancy Clarke - May 2009
She lives in Virginia, with her husband, Michael. Their two children live with their respective families in Pacifica, California and Richmond, Virginia.