Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, American...

...aristocrat, died at age 104. From her obit in the Times:

Born into wealth and married to men with banking, oil and steel empires, Mrs. Mellon had houses in New York and Washington, apartments in Paris and country seats on Cape Cod, Antigua and Nantucket, besides her estate in Virginia. Her friends were presidents, royalty, socialites and celebrities.

But her real love, apparently, was gardening (my emphasis):

She became known to many Americans in 1961, after President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, when at the request of her friend Jacqueline Kennedy she redesigned the White House Rose Garden.

Long used for presidential announcements and ceremonies, the Rose Garden, a plot 125 feet long and 60 feet wide outside the Oval Office in the West Wing, was created by Ellen Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, in 1913, replacing a colonial garden planted in 1902 by Edith Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife. President Dwight D. Eisenhower cut down the roses and turned it into a putting green.

Isn't that just like a Republican?

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