It’s all coming up roses Saturday at the White House.
First Lady Melania Trump gave the nation its first peek at the freshly renovated White House Rose Garden, just in time to use it as a backdrop for her Tuesday speech to the Republican National Convention.
The garden, located just outside the Oval Office, dates back to 1913 and was redesigned in the early 1960s under the direction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Trump’s changes include the restoration of the original diamond-shaped boxwood hedges and the installation of new rose bushes to honor the space’s history. The floral display includes cream-colored “JFK” roses, light yellow “Peace” roses, and the stark white “Pope John Paul II” rose to commemorate the pontiff’s visit to the White House in 1979.
The grassy area where President Barack Obama held his 2009 “beer summit” has been replaced with limestone pavers that will soon include an art installation, the White House said.
The project, funded by private donations, is meant to be an “act of expressing hope and optimism for the future,” the first lady said last month.