By Anna Marie Kukec | Daily Herald | Aug. 16, 2015 | Photo courtesy of FTD | Michael J. Skaff of Glen Ellyn knows the importance of color, texture and the appeal of flowers during life’s milestones.
For more than 30 years, the former FTD executive has been the floral designer for big events, including Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inauguration and George W. Bush’s presidential inaugurations in 2001 and 2005. He still does special events at the White House under President Barack Obama.
Words by Elizabeth Hope | Illustration by Kirsten Ulve | Hinsdale Living | August 2015 | Floral designer Michael Skaff has created sophisticated, complex arrangements for White House galas and presidential inaugurations, and now he’s bringing his talents to Hinsdale.
Michael J. Skaff is not your everyday florist but a specialist, concentrating on weddings, special events and holiday home decorating.
From planning the floral creations for the Governor’s dinner at the White House to the centerpiece on a Hinsdale hostesses’ table, Michael J. Skaff has seen it, done it and loved it all.
By Renee Tomell | MySuburbanlife.com | June 26, 2015 | While Thomas Jefferson’s passion for horticulture didn’t get him elected president, a shared zeal for the subject regularly lands Michael Skaff in the White House. With flowers as his artistic medium, he recently launched Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale.
By Kimberly Fornek | Chicago Tribune | June 24, 2015 | Michael Skaff, a floral designer whose resumé includes presidential inaugurations and the Academy Awards, has opened a studio in Hinsdale. My background is pretty diverse,” Skaff said, from knowing how flower breeding and production is done to owning his own floral shop in Connecticut for 16 years. Skaff, who grew up in Massachusetts and worked in greenhouses as a teenager, planned to study horticulture and plant breeding at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. But after taking a design course, he was hooked on floral design and graduated with a bachelor of science in horticulture, floriculture and design.