MARIANNE FREY was listening to the radio when she first heard the news that Muammar Gaddafi had finally been caught. She reacted pensively at first, making herself a cup of coffee before sitting down in front of the large display window at the front of her studio, gazing absentmindedly at the legs of passersby. Well, she thought, everyone pays for their actions. The paths of the florist and Libyan dictator first crossed in July 2008. Frey received an email from a German airline that had stumbled across her name while searching online for a woman qualified to create silk flower arrangements. They asked whether she would be interested in making a client's private jet a bit cozier. Before she knew it, a small entourage was chauffeuring her to the very edge of the tarmac at Hamburg's airport, where Gaddafi's jet was parked. After a rather elaborate security check, the 54-year-old climbed on board under the watchful gaze of guards armed with submachine guns. She was then asked to put thin white slippers over her shoes to protect the silk carpets. She had no idea who owned the jet or who she was supposed to decorate it for. When she asked the client's name, she was told it was top secret. Judging by the writing on the wall, though, she gathered it was probably an Arab speaker. An interior decorator from the airline led her through two expansive bedrooms, two meeting rooms and a kind of foyer. "The decor was very tasteful," Frey recalls, "all tones of gray and burgundy." Even with the large, opulent mirror hanging behind the bed, she says the airplane's interior looked nothing like a bordello, as some have claimed. As she saw it, the only thing tasteless about it were the flower arrangements. But, then again, that's why she was there. Frey was told that her client insisted she only work with natural materials. Her choice of flowers should also perfectly match the 'obviously outrageously expensive interior. While alive, Gaddafi always liked to present himself as a Bedouin's son, as someone who lived frugally and slept in a tent. But in reality, he always boarded a four-engine Airbus A340 that could carry almost 300 passengers wherever he travelled. It was the airborne version of a luxury limousine with exterior markings meant to mislead people into believing in belonged to the Libyan airline Afriquia Airways.In late August, rebel fighters stormed 'Air Force One - as Gaddafi had dubbed the plane with a nod to the one that carries American presidents - and presented it as a trophy of the toppled regime. They lounged on the deposed leader's extravagant silk sheets and posed for the camera while relaxing on heavy, charcoal-coloured leather sofas and holding up their hands in victory signs. In the photographs, Marianne Frey's tasteful flower arrangements can be seen collecting dust behind the celebrating rebels. She had designed seven arrangements, each about 80-centimetres tall, which she had crafted in her small studio, "The Rose," in Hamburg's Harburg district. Composed of champagne-coloured roses, ivy, baby's breath and red calla lilies, the pieces were all so-called "silk flowers," or bouquets treated with a preserving agent. Next to Gaddafi's favourite seat, she arranged white lilies, red roses and ivy imported from France. "The vases I was provided with were exquisite, of the finest design," Frey says. She took them home, filled them in her studio and returned them to the plane, where she would make the finishing touches. Spiegel Online