Former chief White House floral decorator to speak

Former chief White House floral decorator Dottie Temple will be the featured speaker at a Sept. 19 coffee-hour benefit sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Library Associates. The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the universitys Campus Center Sunset Room. Tickets are $15, and advance reservations are required. For tickets and information, call 508-995-3528.

Former chief White House floral decorator Dottie Temple will be the featured speaker at a Sept. 19 coffee-hour benefit sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Library Associates. 

The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the university’s Campus Center Sunset Room. Tickets are $15, and advance reservations are required. For tickets and information, call 508-995-3528. 

Drawing on her fifteen years of experience arranging flowers for five presidential administrations, Temple will focus on the social aspects of the White House for the program. She will illustrate her comments with a slide presentation. Temple will also sign copies of her book Flowers: White House Style. The perfect book for anyone who loves flowers, Flowers: White House Style will be on sale at the event. 

Temple was responsible for all floral arrangements at the White House, from decorating grand halls for dignitaries to adorning rooms for the holidays, as well as adding daily beauty to the President’s private family quarters. Her introduction to floral decorating at the White House began with her office as chairman of the American Academy of Florists, a subsidiary of the Society of American Florists. Through this group, she was asked to assist in coordinating large numbers of floral arrangements for special White House events. Eventually, she was offered the position of White House florist, working for First Ladies Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalind Carter and Nancy Reagan. 

In Flowers: White House Style, Temple reveals the secrets to the beautiful floral arrangements that were an essential part of White House life. Filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and illustrated with more than 125 original and archival photos, Temple’s book offers history, inspiration and innovative ideas. 

Following her retirement from the White House position, Temple also operated The Bashful Mermaid shop in Fairhaven for several years. She is a resident of Fairhaven and also has a home on the island of Majorca, Spain.

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