White House Rose Garden is getting a face-lift

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FILE – In this May 7, 2019 file photo, first lady Melania Trump attends a one year anniversary event for her Be Best initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Melania Trump has announced plans to renovate the White House Rose Garden. It’s the outdoor space steps away from the Oval Office.

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One of the most famous gardens in America is getting a face-lift.

Melania Trump on Monday announced details of a plan already underway to spruce up the White House Rose Garden, an iconic outdoor space famous for its proximity to the Oval Office.

The current garden design has been around since the Kennedy years, but the first lady says a “comprehensive renovation” is needed after decades of use for weddings, state dinners and countless presidential news conferences, statements and Thanksgiving turkey pardons.

She used the Rose Garden to announce her

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Melania Trump announces the White House Rose Garden will be revamped, a throwback to the Kennedy era

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While many presidents have held events in the garden, Donald Trump has been especially inclined to use its dramatic backdrop of colorful flowers and white neoclassical columns to hold outdoor news conferences. Similar to the way he has touted the benefits of incandescent lightbulbs, the president seems to see the natural light of the garden as favorable to his complexion, according to a New York Times report. The renovation, which will include excavation, will put the Rose Garden out of commission for such events for approximately the next three weeks.

In the faraway, pre-covid world of last September, the Rose Garden was the site of what could end up being the defining social event of the president’s term, when the first lady hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and his wife, Jenny, for the second of two state dinners held during the Trump administration. (There have been only eight held

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Melania Trump Will Renovate White House Rose Garden

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WASHINGTON — Melania Trump, the first lady, announced on Monday a plan renovate the White House Rose Garden, a signature showcase of power used by presidents for decades, as her husband enters a crucial stretch of his re-election effort.

The project, which includes electrical upgrades for television appearances, a new walkway and new flowers and shrubs, is meant to be an “act of expressing hope and optimism for the future,” according to remarks Mrs. Trump delivered to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House on Monday morning. “Our country has seen difficult times before, but the White House and the Rose Garden have always stood as a symbol of our strength, resilience and continuity.”

Mrs. Trump’s husband has not exactly focused on those principles during his many appearances in the Rose Garden, repeatedly breaking norms on how presidents use the space as it has become his preferred venue

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First lady Melania Trump to renovate White House Rose Garden

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Washington, D.C. — One of the most famous gardens in America is getting a face-lift.

Melania Trump on Monday announced details of a plan already underway to spruce up the White House Rose Garden, an iconic outdoor space famous for its proximity to the Oval Office.

The current garden design has been around since the Kennedy years, but the first lady says a “comprehensive renovation” is needed after decades of use for weddings, state dinners and countless presidential news conferences, statements and Thanksgiving turkey pardons.

She used the Rose Garden to announce her “Be Best” youth program in May 2018.

Mrs. Trump said the redesign will increase the garden’s “beauty and functionality” and blend the past with the present in “complete harmony.”

“Protecting the historic integrity of the White House landscape is a considerable responsibility, and we will fulfill our duty as custodians of the public trust,” she wrote in

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White House Rose Garden Getting Face-Lift | Voice of America

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WASHINGTON – One of the most famous gardens in America is getting a face-lift.  

Melania Trump on Monday announced details of a plan already under way to spruce up the White House Rose Garden, an iconic outdoor space famous for its proximity to the Oval Office. 

The current garden design has been around since the Kennedy years, but the first lady  says a “comprehensive renovation” is needed after decades of use for weddings, state dinners and countless presidential news conferences, statements and Thanksgiving turkey pardons. 

She used the Rose Garden to announce her “Be Best” youth program in May 2018. 

Mrs. Trump said the redesign will increase the garden’s “beauty and functionality” and blend the past with the present in “complete harmony.” 

FILE – First lady Melania Trump speaks during an Indian Health Service Task Force briefing at the White House in Washington, July 23, 2020.

“Protecting the historic integrity

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Master Dressing Bedroom – White House Museum

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The Master Bath

 

The Taft bath tub before installation, circa 1911

The Master Bath is a large full bathroom with separate tub and shower stall.

Under Franklin Pierce, running hot baths and showers came to the family floor, likely with a wood-stalled commode and porcelain sink. It had faux wood wallpapering and faux tile cloth flooring. By Lincoln’s time, running water for washing came in from the Potomac River.

Only two bathrooms served the pre-1900 family quarters. One was for the presidential bedchamber; the other, a “family bathroom” for everyone else, including guests, had three doors in addition to having partitions only head-high, making compartments for lavatories, toilets and bathtubs. With the 1902 renovation, modern bathrooms with silver faucets and handles and white porcelain were created in the four corner suites and tucked in elsewhere.

President Taft, nicknamed “Big Bill,” was over 330 pounds (150 kg) and sometimes had difficulty

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Rose Garden – White House Museum

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Barack Obama walks through the Rose Garden in 2009, view to the northeast (White House – Pete Souza)

The President’s Garden

Prior to 1902, there were extensive stables, housing horses and coaches, located on the grounds of the present-day Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Rose Garden. During the 1902 Roosevelt renovation, First Lady Edith Roosevelt insisted on a proper colonial garden to help replace the conservatory rose house that had stood here.

The Rose Garden is based on a traditional 18th century American garden. The current design of the garden dates to the Kennedy Administration. President and Mrs. Kennedy were interested in having horticultural features that followed the traditions of Presidents Washington and Jefferson. The West Garden has been called the Rose Garden since 1913 when Mrs. Ellen Wilson replaced the existing colonial garden with a formal rose garden.

The Rose Garden features a rectangular grass panel surrounded by flower

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