Ever since 1961, when President Kennedy came up with the idea to design the Rose Garden at the west end of the White House, the garden has become an icon by itself.

Designed by the gardener Rachel Lambert Mellon, it has been home to a colorful selection of magnolias, cherry trees, roses, tulips, and other botanical beauties. Both harmonious and subtle, it has framed the view toward the Cabinet Room and the Oval Office and reflected every changing pattern of American history.

But on Saturday, the First Lady unveiled her Rose Garden remake that was meant to bring the space to its original roots. But the redesign received strong backlash on social media with people being far from impressed with the results. The internet dubbed Melania’s makeover “#RoseGardenMassacre,” comparing the result to a lifeless "parking lot." The hashtag is now trending and people have a lot to say about it.

After you're done reading this one, check out our new article on the gardener who stepped in to defend Melania's redesign.

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DrWernerKlopek Report

Kesam
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8 months ago

Deservedly savage! 👍

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Ms.M.
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8 months ago

NAILED IT

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8 months ago

Wish I could upvote more...

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The iconic Rose Garden came to being after President Kennedy and the first lady returned from a state visit to France. In the summer of 1961, they visited the gardener Rachel Lambert Mellon and invited her to bring the space back to life.

In a piece written for the White House Historical Association in the early 1980s, Mellon revealed that “Kennedy noted that the White House had no garden equal in quality or attractiveness to the gardens that he had seen and in which he had been entertained in Europe. There he had recognized the importance of gardens surrounding an official residence and their appeal to the sensibilities of all people.”

The garden was begun in the spring of 1962 and finished at the end of the same year. Most importantly, its creator said that “It was truly President Kennedy’s garden” and he always showed how much he cared about it.

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StilettoKitten Report

Hello it Smee
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8 months ago

This! What the heck is with her dark depressing style of decorating?

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TheDailyEdge Report

Ms.M.
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8 months ago

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

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vintage_vendor Report

Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago (edited)

And removing old growth trees and roses put in by past First Ladies (who actually were ladies) is unconscionable.

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That Melania Trump took on a task so clearly associated with the Kennedys doesn’t come as a surprise, since President Trump told Fox & Friends that “We have our own Jackie O. It’s called Melania, Melania T.”

Today, the flowers in the garden are largely pastels chosen according to the tastes of the first lady, including taller white roses, which were in honor of the first papal visit to the White House by Pope John Paul II in 1979. The most obvious change to the garden was the addition of a 3-foot-wide limestone walking path bordering the central lawn.

But after the first lady tweeted the first images from her renovation, the new Rose Garden received many mixed reactions.

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eugenegu Report

OCDRobot
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8 months ago

100% it looks like a cemetery now. It's so ugly and sad now. What a disgrace.

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UROCKlive1 Report

Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

You and me and a majority of the world’s population.

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scarebaby Report

Hans
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8 months ago

This is a garden. I think the one on the left is beautiful, but all these interpretations of the remake sound like drama seeking.

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HoarseWisperer Report

Leo Domitrix
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8 months ago

"Soul? We don't need soul! Color? We don't need color!"... and that sums up the Trumps IMHO

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SassyKadiK Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

The Cult of Personality needs to stay out of politics. No more Reality TV hosts and their nude model trophy wives.

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CWest3118 Report

OCDRobot
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

It's sadly not too far off. It does look like a toilet now.

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claudiaraesherm Report

Kesam
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8 months ago

That makes you an expert, and we all know what the Trumps think about experts! (I use the word "think" very loosely here.)

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tonyposnanski Report

WilvanderHeijden
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8 months ago

This should be on top.

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MamaMolly2018 Report

Tabitha L
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8 months ago

Wow. I didn't realize this. How sad.

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ChrChristensen Report

Kookamunga
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8 months ago

Trump: "It was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe." What a delusional egomaniacal moron.

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GenMhayden Report

N G
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8 months ago

They've trashed the place, they should pay to make it great again

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Parrish_Sky Report

Dániel Prim
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8 months ago

No I didn't read "crappable".

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MiaFarrow Report

Dave In MD
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8 months ago

Actually it was paid for by private donations.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

The colorful Rose Garden looked alive. This just looks...dead.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Because they would’ve preferred Nixon over Kennedy. But even Pat Nixon knew better than to cut down Jackie’s trees!

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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8 months ago

Goli soda, nobody needs that pro-trump negativity today. Thanks.

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Judi Michelle
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8 months ago

I mean if her taste in men is any indication...

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Hans
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8 months ago

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This is a bit hypocritical. Even in the midst of a pandemic, nice things ought to be done. And this surely got many people jobs. You can discuss the looks or the gardening quality, but stopping anything being done these days does not make sense.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

She could go into cemetery landscaping—-since she’ll have to find a job when drumpf goes to prison and all his assets are RICO’d. And she’s now too old for the “modeling” she used to do.

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Iheartskwerls Report

Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

All white. Like he envisions the US—-a country built by diverse groups of immigrants. Including his ancestors, and his wife.

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MiaFarrow Report

R L
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8 months ago

Very desponding. How can anyone not like cherry trees? And tulips are so colourful.

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JenAshleyWright Report

me
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8 months ago

Miss the colors

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Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

Unless it’s a picture of drumpf.

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Mama Panda
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8 months ago

If you are going to base your vote over a rose garden regardless of who you vote for, maybe you should sit this one out. Pretty pathetic

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lesleyabravanel Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Melania is now scheduled for a much deserved haunting by Jackie.

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bv7hearts
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8 months ago

Erasing history is what these people are good at.

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, what TF does the drumpf family know about a kitchen garden? They don’t even know where the kitchen is.

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Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

Destructive overspending craze because she knows her time is coming to an end.

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cornell_wallace Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Once they’re gone, the next First Lady will need to replace the trees with seedlings grown from cuttings of the originals. Thing is, it’ll take 60 years to get them to where they were before she cut them down.

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Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

Even the turf she put in looks half dead.

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Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

Grass and pavement. The two most ecologically destructive landscaping features.

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HLoveVa Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes! She cut down—-murdered—-old growth trees planted 60 years ago!

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Mama Panda
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8 months ago

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This is just stupid. Trump has donated his Presidential paycheck from day 1. It has been all over the news. Please explain to me as to who's money she is using?

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NancyJoNOVA Report

Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

“Empty and bleak like her husband’s presidency”. And our lives for the last 3 years, 7 months. Vote BLUE and we could see a light at the end of a very dark, dank, stinking tunnel.

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murray_nyc Report

Kathryn Baylis
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8 months ago

170,000 people killed = 170,000 plants killed.

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AMARIGE25 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Exactly.

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JenAshleyWright Report

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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8 months ago

"LET THEM HAVE COVID!"

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Daria Z
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8 months ago

I sort of like both versions... but what do I understand in gardening living in a city?

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, the fact of it being historical means you leave it the fuck alone. Maintain it, don’t level it.

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TobiasMarkus3 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh, she’s probably spinning her way out of her grave. Hope she haunts Melania.

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KuckelmanAshley Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Even a cemetery can look more inviting. Hell, she didn’t even put in any statuary to break up the monotony—-though I shudder to think of what kind of statues she’d pick.

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murray_nyc Report

Colleen Garland
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8 months ago

It's not the "Rose Garden" any more, it's the "Grass".

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AMARIGE25 Report

Jagi Lachance
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8 months ago

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Those are all Spring flowers....they do not last for the whole summer so, no, the garden did NOT look like that all summer long....maybe the trees were sick or something?

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MiaFarrow Report

Mama Panda
Community Member
8 months ago

I am really getting tired of entertainers bitching about homelessness and hunger in the US but will instead rally for support for other countries. Don't get me wrong, I know there are needy people across the globe. My problem is that they will point fingers at people they don't like and accuse them of not helping the problem yet they refuse to help as well. If you don't fix your backyard, you have no business fixing others' backyards.

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
8 months ago

The original design sucked. Oh, and the trees are gone ALL YEAR LONG.... BTW, it was already ADA compliant! (The vitality of plants requires they be removed?!... Wow.) SO much wrong in this remark.

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