In 1961, President Kennedy came up with the idea to design the Rose Garden at the west end of the White House, the garden has become an icon by itself. This garden designed by the gardener Rachel Lambert Mellon has been home to a colorful selection of magnolias, cherry trees, roses, tulips, and other botanical beauties.
But on Saturday, the First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the renovated White House Rose Garden, a project the first lady deemed crucial and necessary amid a worldwide pandemic. It is the first restoration of the garden in about 60 years.
First Lady’s design, which was created with landscape architecture firms Perry Guillot and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, was described as “upsetting” and “an uninteresting patch of the lawn“. She redesigned the Rose Garden with a look that combines largely green shrubbery with white and pastel flowers.
And the internet dubbed Melania’s makeover “#RoseGardenMassacre,” and also compared the result to a lifeless “parking lot.”