All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses, How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America
"A history-rich and very readable account of how our presidents and their families have left their imprint on the 18 acres surrounding the executive mansion." —Traditional Home
The White House Ground have been an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for soldiers, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. The front and back yard for the first family, it is by extension the nation's first garden. All the Presidents' Gardens tells the untold history of the White House Grounds. Starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's focus on edibles, this rich and compelling narrative reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America. Readers learn about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree house, and much more. They also learn the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. Fully illustrated with new and historical photographs and art, refreshingly nonpartisan, and releasing just in time for election year, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the red, white, and green!
had died in complications from childbirth. The place was lively but bursting at the seams. Even with the children sharing bedrooms, there was barely space for a guest. The children and their pets took over the house and gardens. Algonquin the pony was a favorite—all of the Roosevelts were great equestrians—and many photographs capture the younger children on the White House grounds atop their calico mount. Their pet macaw, Eli Yale (TR was a Harvard man), resided in the conservatory for a taste
excavation for the new building commenced.” (The “new building” is the first version of what is now called the West Wing.) “Such of the old materials from the greenhouses as were worth saving were hauled to the property yards at the propagating gardens.” Along with the favored few plants, including the bay trees that decorated the porticoes and terraces in summer, some of the ancillary greenhouses got a presidential pardon of sorts, as they were salvaged and re-erected at the propagating gardens
Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, she oversaw the planting of thousands of bulbs around Washington and the replacement of aging cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. Whatever one chooses to call it, Johnson’s push for beautification brought a gentle environmentalism to the streets. The pergola, designed by Mellon’s friend architect I. M. Pei, provided a shaded spot with a fine view of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. Sylvia Shaw Judson’s “Little Gardener” has always looked on to the
Hay Brown Brown, George H. “Notes on Public Playgrounds,” Appendix B of Report of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1903), pp. 2666–2669. _________. “The City Parks and Park Places of Washington, D.C.,” Appendix B of Report of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1903), pp. 2238–2239. “George Hay Brown” (obituary), The Washington Post (November 24, 1909), p. 3. Untitled obituary, The National
“Green and Gray,” the country’s First Garden is in good hands. To the librarians, for whom a private place in paradise is surely reserved, especially: Laura Barry at the Historical Society of Washington D.C.’s Kiplinger Library; Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at the Massachusetts Historical Society; Kelly Crawford at the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens; Janet Evans at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s McLean Library; Susan Fraser, Stephen Sinon, Marie Long, and Mia D’Avanza at The New