All The President’s Gardens

All The President’s Gardens 

Posted: 6:01 pm Friday, July 29th, 2016

By Ann Kelly



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When I think of the gardens at the White House I immediately think of the Rose Garden. That is the iconic garden, but there is so much more to the history of gardens at the White House.  Marta McDowell’s new book “All The Presidents’ Gardens” take us back in time to when the land surrounding the White House was not the well-manicured lawns we think of today. Think farmland.


There are a plethora of wonderful stories in Marta’s book about what has happened through the many years in the White House gardens. Weddings that started with President Grover Cleveland’s nuptials, as well as the wedding of Tricia Nixon in the Rose Garden. There are the sweet stories of President Lincoln’s sons Willie and Tad who were the first children to live in the White House – and have their pet goats eat the flowers. And into present day with First Lady Michelle Obama’s organic garden, the evolution of the White House gardens is worthy of a book of its own. Take a listen to some of Marta’s favorite stories right here.


No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. – Thomas Jefferson