White House Rose Garden Remodel Faces Backlash

First Lady Melania Trump faces backlash after remodeling the famous rose garden designed by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.


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The garden was originally filled with tulips which have been replaced with bushes, and pale flowers.

Camryn Church, Editor

Jackie Kennedy’s famous rose garden was recently renovated by the current First Lady, Melania Trump. It now has different flowers and bushes compared to the colorful tulips there previously. The iconic rose garden had been a historic part of the White House and was designed by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and designer Rachel Lambert Mellon in 1962. The inspiration for the garden was President Kennedy, who mentioned the White House didn’t have something as equally beautiful as some of the gardens in France and England. And thus the plans for the space were born.

First Lady Trump revealed the new garden on Aug. 21. The tulips were removed, along with most of the greenery, aside from the four magnolia trees. According to CNN, the makeover was intended to “fulfill the dynamic needs of the modern presidency.” The new space is ideal for giving speeches during COVID, as it allows for social distancing in the open. 

For more information about the history and remodel of the garden, visit Whitehousehistory.org