The First Ladies' Garden
The picnic First Lady Michelle Obama hosted for elementary school students who helped her harvest vegetables from the White House kitchen garden was held in yet another garden - The First Ladies' Garden.
The garden was originally planned by Jackie Kennedy, but was not completed before her husband's assassination. The president followed the planning and said once that it probably be the only thing he did that the public would approve of.
After the president's death, Lady Bird Johnson completed installation of the garden and what had once been the East Garden was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and dedicated on April 22, 1965. Mrs. Kennedy did not attend.
The design, the work of Mrs. Paul Mellon, wife of the millionaire philanthropist, was based on a traditional 18th century American garden with a large fescue grass panel in the center, framed by a holly hedge and eight large sculpted American holly trees.
Unlike the Rose Garden, which was used for official functions, this new garden was designed to have seasonal flowers and herbs - almost a cutting garden.
On the day I visited this week, there were hollyhocks, caladium and geraniums.
It was probably a popular refuge for the Johnson daughters, who talked of reading under the arbor like the character 'Jo' in Little Women. There was also croquet set there for the girls and their friends.
Sometime later, the garden ceased to be called the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and became The First Lady's Garden or The First Ladies' Garden.
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Photo credit/Susan Reimer