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The White House Rose Garden

The White House Rose Garden

As a commonly used as a stage for receptions and media events due to its proximity to the main structure, The White House Rose Garden is synonymous with many of the memorable images, and memorable Presidents throughout the years.

Prior to 1902, the area of the present-day Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Rose Garden contained extensive stables housing horses and coaches. There was also a conservatory rose house in the area. During the 1902 Roosevelt renovation of the White House, First Lady Edith Roosevelt established a "proper colonial garden" in place of the conservatory.

First Lady Melania Trump commissioned an August 2020 renovation of the garden by Oehme, van Sweden and Perry Guillot. In the flower beds, white and pale pink rose bushes are intermixed with seasonal bulbs and annuals, including the Pope John Paul II Rose in honor of the first time a pope visited the White House in 1979.[6] A new limestone walk, 36 inches (91 cm) wide to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, was laid around the borders of the garden.[5] The crabapple trees, added during the Kennedy redesign, were relocated elsewhere on the White House grounds as the newer trees were failing to thrive. Source: Wikipedia

1908 White House Rose West Garden

1908, The west colonial garden in the Theodore Roosevelt era.

1921 White House Presidental Rose Garden1921, The rose garden that replaced the former west colonial garden.

1963 White House Rose Garden1963, The Rose Garden in Spring. Photo credit, The White House Historical Association

2014 Presidential Rose Garden2014, The Rose Garden of the White House is seen through the blooms of a Magnolia tree. Photo credit Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

2020 White House Rose Garden renovation2020, (Cover Image) The White House Rose Garden revitalization effort. Photo Credit ReDrew Angerer/Getty Images

2020 White House Rose Garden 2020, Additional view of the recently renovated Rose Garden at the White House in August . Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images


The Rose Garden renovation updates include a redesign of the plantings, new limestone walkways and technological updates to the space. White House interior designer and Grounds Committee member Thammanoune Kannalikham described the landscape design decisions as a "collective" one, made “by the entire team to respond to the changed environment of the garden." The quote continued to say, "The design allows the roses to thrive, having increased in quantity from 19 to over 200, while bringing in the greater narrative of the colonnade into the design of the garden." - Wiki

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