Photos: Before and After — First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Rose Garden Renovations

White House Holds Media Preview Of Renewed Rose Garden
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First Lady Melania Trump completed her renovation of the White House Rose Garden, allowing reporters and photographers to see it for the first time on Saturday.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 22: A view of the recently renovated Rose Garden at the White House on August 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The White House said the renovation concept focused on the spirit of the original 1962 design under the Kennedy presidency.

The most notable change is the addition of a limestone walkway on the sides of the garden and the removal of the crabapple trees on the side. The crabapple trees will be planted elsewhere on the grounds, according to the White House. The removal of the trees opens up the garden for more sunlight for the roses and other plants. The historic magnolias remain.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 22: A view of the recently renovated Rose Garden at the White House on August 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The landscape design also returned to the diamond-shaped pattern of boxwoods and included more roses, including taller white roses which officials said were in honor of the first papal visit in 1979.

Other drainage and technical infrastructure were added to the garden, for events.

The First Lady will appear in the Rose Garden on Tuesday for her Republican National convention speech. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the president and the first lady will deliver their speeches at the White House instead of a convention hall.

Below are photos of the Rose Garden prior to the renovation.

US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. – Trump is declaring coronavirus a national emergency. ( JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

“The very act of planting a garden involves hard work and hope in the possibility of a bright future,” said First Lady Melania Trump in her statement announcing the renovation.

“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.”

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