First lady Melania Trump unveils White House Rose Garden restoration

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First lady Melania Trump on Saturday unveiled the first renovation in nearly 60 years of the White House Rose Garden.

The renovated garden features a large green grass center and new limestone pathways. The main rose variety is the "JFK rose", a white flower. The garden also includes smaller pink roses, several "peace" roses and the "Pope John Paul II" rose in honor of the first time a pope visited the White House in 1979, according to a pool report.

PHOTO: The White House Rose Garden is seen here after the completion of first lady Melania Trump's restoration, Aug. 21, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
PHOTO: The White House Rose Garden is seen here after the completion of first lady Melania Trump's restoration, Aug. 21, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

While the new design brings back a diamond-like pattern of boxwood trees, according to a pool report, 10 crabapple trees were removed because they were casting too much shade over the rest of the flowers.

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The trees were taken to the White House greenhouse and are expected to be replanted on White House grounds in the future.

PHOTO: A man cares plants in restored Rose Garden, Aug. 21, 2020, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
PHOTO: A man cares plants in restored Rose Garden, Aug. 21, 2020, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The White House has not released the cost of the restoration, but according to a pool report, it was funded by private donations. Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will host a reception celebrating the renovated rose garden Saturday evening and the first lady will give her Republican National Convention speech from the garden on Tuesday.

PHOTO: The White House Rose Garden after a restoration conducted by first lady Melania Trump was completed, Aug. 21, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
PHOTO: The White House Rose Garden after a restoration conducted by first lady Melania Trump was completed, Aug. 21, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

When the restoration was announced, the first lady's office said in a statement it would renew Rachel Lambert Mellon's original 1962 design and improve drainage, infrastructure and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.

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