Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States announced Monday that she will oversee a major renewal of the garden at the White House, in Washington DC, using the 1962 footprint of Democrat former first lady Jackie Kennedy.
Mrs. Trump is revamping the Rose Garden, which she calls a “symbol of our strength, resilience and continuity.”
Even in the most difficult times, the @WhiteHouse Rose Garden has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity. Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew & restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history & beauty for generations to come.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) July 27, 2020
According to the White House:
“First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce a significant renewal of the White House Rose Garden this summer.
The restoration of this historic garden is a much-anticipated project meant to improve one of the most iconic locations on the White House grounds. The final design plan is the result of a collaboration by two premier landscape architecture firms, Perry Guillot, Inc and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates/OvS.
The plan will provide a renewal of the design first implemented by Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon during the Kennedy Administration, which has been the guiding blueprint for the Rose Garden since that installation in 1962. Decades of use and necessary changes made to support the modern presidency have taken a toll on the garden and have made it more difficult to appreciate the elegant symmetry of the Mellon plan.
The refreshment of the Rose Garden will return it to its original ‘62 footprint and help ensure it will thrive with improved infrastructure, better drainage, and a healthier environment for plantings that reduce the risk of leaf blight. In addition, the plans include improved Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, utilities, and support for audiovisual and broadcasting needs that will allow for the continued enjoyment of the garden’s natural beauty and storied history.
“The very act of planting a garden involves hard work and hope in the possibility of a bright future,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Preserving the history and beauty of the White House and its grounds is a testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American ideals, safeguarding them for our children and their children for generations to come.”
The plan for renewal went through the approval process of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House (CPWH) and aligned with the recommendations of their sub-committee, Committee for the Preservation of the White House Garden (CPWHG). As the honorary chairwoman of CPWH, the First Lady established CPWHG to ensure the standards of the Rose Garden are maintained and ensure scholarship and research went into its renewal. The project is supported by the National Park Service, who has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933, and funded with private donations.”
Photo: The White House Garden in 1962.
Mrs. Trump follows in the footsteps of Mrs. Kennedy who wishes to restore the past, in the White House. “I was surprised that we didn’t have more things here pointing back to the past,” Mrs. Kennedy said in 1962.
WH says First Lady Melania Trump is leading a “significant renewal” of the White House Rose Garden this summer. WH says it will return the garden to the original 1962 footprint and add better drainage, healthier conditions for plants and modern A/V access for TV broadcasts.
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 27, 2020
.@FLOTUS announces plan for a "significant renewal" of the Rose Garden. The restoration plan will return the Rose Garden "to its original '62 footprint," and provide "improved infrastructure, better drainage, and a healthier environment for plantings." (File photo) pic.twitter.com/BZNus0zj2M
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 27, 2020
Today @Flotus announces a renovation of the historic @WhiteHouse #RoseGarden, famously redesigned by President and Mrs. Kennedy and Rachel Lambert Mellon. For more on the important history of the Kennedy Rose Garden pp. 36-77: https://t.co/8DJQXBu0zJ @WhiteHouseHstry @oak_spring
— 𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕨𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝔻. 𝕄𝕔𝕃𝕒𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕟 (@WHhistoryPres) July 27, 2020