First lady Melania Trump announced on Monday a new initiative she is set to lead from the White House.
According to a press release this week, Trump will be involved in the restoration and renewal of the famed White House Rose Garden.
“A symbol of strength”
She followed up the announcement with a tweet on the same day, asserting that the garden “has stood as a symbol of strength & continuity” throughout the many trials America has faced.
“Today, it is my pleasure to announce our plans to renew & restore this iconic space so that we preserve its history & beauty for generations to come,” Trump wrote.
The release noted that the new project aims to renew the Rose Garden and restore it to the original design as laid out in 1962 by Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon during the administration of President John F. Kennedy.
Mellon’s blueprints have served as the guiding force in all subsequent updates and additions to the garden over the years and will continue to do so under Trump’s initiative.
“The refreshment of the Rose Garden will return it to its original ‘62 footprint and help ensure it will thrive with improved infrastructure, better drainage, and a healthier environment for plantings that reduce the risk of leaf blight,” the press release stated.
“Natural beauty and storied history”
Specific plans for the update includes “improved Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, utilities, and support for audiovisual and broadcasting needs that will allow for the continued enjoyment of the garden’s natural beauty and storied history,” the statement continued.
Beyond the aesthetics and accessibility of the garden, Trump proclaimed her hope that the “very act of planting a garden” will help symbolize the prospect of a brighter future.
“Preserving the history and beauty of the White House and its grounds is a testament to our nation’s commitment to the care of this landscape and our dedication to American ideals, safeguarding them for our children and their children for generations to come,” she added.
The first lady serves as the chair of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, which approved the renovation plans. The CPWH is working alongside a recently established subcommittee tasked with overseeing gardens on the White House property and the project is receiving management support from the National Park Service.
Since the entire project will be funded by private donations, this appears to be a project Americans of all stripes can get behind.