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How celebrity florist David Jones' career blossomed

The gig: David Jones, who owns a floral studio bearing his name in West Hollywood, has counted some of the world's most powerful people among his clients. From humble beginnings growing up in the Midwest, the florist has traveled the world — arranging flowers for state dinners and a papal visit, organizing celebrity parties and events, and designing gardens in locales including Paris and Melbourne, Australia.

A steppingstone: During high school in South Bend, Ind., Jones worked for a flower store doing odd jobs. He went on to attend the American Floral Art School in Chicago. Moving to New York to study at Parsons School of Design, he wandered...

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