All About the White House Gardens (See Photos)

The West Wing, entrance towards the White House garden
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The White House grounds are beautifully landscaped with a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. The garden has been redesigned and expanded throughout America’s history. In 1913 Ellen Wilson, the first wife of Woodrow Wilson, had a rose garden planted just outside of the Oval Office. It has been known as "the Rose Garden" ever since. Mrs. Wilson also brought the landscape designer Beatrix Farrand to the White House to landscape the East Side of the garden, which remains in almost exactly the same form today.

The White House grounds are maintained by a garden crew consisting of 13 regular staff including a chief horticulturalist who is on the executive residence staff. The other 12 are National Park Service staff – 3 foremen, 8 gardeners, and 1 maintenance operator.

Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the White House Gardens.
Public tours are given two weekends per year, in the spring and in the fall.

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White House Rose Garden in Spring

Photo © White House Historical Association

The White House Rose Garden is especially beautiful during the spring and summer months. John F. Kennedy had the Rose Garden redesigned during his administration to use it as a venue for outdoor ceremonies. Events that are held in the Rose Garden today include the annual pardoning of the turkey, and other presidential ceremonies and speeches.

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Pergola in the East Garden of the White House

Photo © White House Historical Association

A pergola covered with Concord grapes terminates the west end of the East Garden.

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Tulips in the Spring Rose Garden

Photo © White House Historical Association

Tulips bloom in spring in the Rose Garden. Other plants that can be seen in the Rose Garden include magnolia trees, Katherine crab apple trees and a variety of roses.

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East Garden in Fall

Photo © White House Historical Association

The White House East Garden is vibrant with its fall display of chrysanthemum topiaries and American holly.

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White House South Lawn

White House South Lawn
Photo courtesy of Donna Spiewak

The South Lawn of the White House is beautifully landscaped with lots of green shrubs and plants.  It is used for the annual Easter Egg Roll and other large events.

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White House Rose Garden

White House Rose Garden
Photo courtesy of Donna Spiewak

Visitors especially enjoy visiting the Rose Garden on the White House grounds.

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White House Garden

Photo © Miller Taylor

White House Garden - South Lawn Photos

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Stairway

Photo © Miller Taylor

White House Entryway

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White House Grounds

Photo © Miller Taylor

The grounds to the White House are beautiful landscaped. On tours at the White House, one can see flowers such as tulips, hycinths and chrysanthemums in the East Garden.

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White House Walkway

Photo © Miller Taylor

A few times a year, the public is invited to tour the White House grounds.

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White House Foutain

Photo © Miller Taylor

The fountain in front of the White House is landscaped with colorful flowers.

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