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
Community Member
3 months ago

Deservedly savage! 👍

LS S
Community Member
2 months ago

The TDS is massive here. 1. The area was NOT handicapped accessible. It was redesigned so now Everybody can experience it (guess that’s only important if a liberal did it). 2. The trees were moved. Jackie never intended them that large and they obstruct the view. 3. It’s another Jackie design, so many of you are accusing Jackie, not Melania. 4. Nobody seems to care that some flowers are now out of season. (Timing of pictures. They rather be manipulated by the media into anger) Sad.

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Mary Padgett
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, if you read what they did, they MOVED the trees to a location that they could grow to full maturity without killing off all of the other plants underneath (roses especially) who were never meant to be in shade. Jackie planted them and they were fine for a few decades but are now too large and were in a position that they would damage themselves (not enough space) and everything around it. She simply corrected a bad situation. They aren't chopped down either - they were moved.

Dot Bushman
Community Member
3 months ago

Thank you Mary Padgett for correcting the knuckle heads who judge without knowing the facts!

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

I can only hope the bulbs and trees etc were DUG UP as I would imagine any gardener would do. Perhaps moved to another location.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

Trees may be moved someplace where a little shade would be appreciated. We won't know about the bulbs until Spring. There may be a lovely display.

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Alida Boyes
Community Member
3 months ago

Why would you cut down Cherry trees that were planted by one of the most famous persons in your history????

ChinaPandas122
Community Member
3 months ago

wait what gotta search that up

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My Dying Bride
Community Member
3 months ago

Soulless

Felix Feline
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a new garden, and it takes time for it to reach its full potential. The crab apple trees (not cherry trees) were shading the roses and other plants and inhibiting their growth. The tulips and muscari shown in the photo on the left don't bloom in August, only in the Spring. Gardens, all gardens, need rejuvenating periodically.

WillemPenn
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is your evidence they were shading and inhibiting growth? Many flowering plants require the type of dappled light provided by ornamental trees, including flowering bulbs. Boring boxwoods replace a significant portion of the flowers, and the remaining flowers are white and off-white.

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Linda HS
Community Member
3 months ago

Sad, just sad...

Bill Heath
Community Member
3 months ago

As trajic as this administration has been!

Susan Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

It is only as tragic as the person viewing it sees it! It’s all in the eye of the tragic beholder...

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Lisa
Community Member
3 months ago

Why oh why would anyone cut down beautiful cherry trees. She's a monster.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
2 months ago

Not that it matters to you, they WERE MOVED, not cut down.

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

Such a sad state, it is sinful, to cut down any trees, but beautiful trees, should be left alone, and I agree, you are leaving soon, but you had to, leave your mess behind, I sincerely hope, the rose garden is restored, I could care less, what a gardener has to say, if he is your gardener, he likely got a bonus !!!

Vicky Nicoll
Community Member
3 months ago

Sorry but the trees were not yours to cut out. They are part of the history of the property- which is not yours either

Adrian Elliott
Community Member
2 months ago

Like destroying statues?

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elfin
Community Member
3 months ago

Based on the two pictures, perhaps Melania just can't stand being around anything orange.

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm sure she lifted a finger and REALLY and worked hard on this garden too. Awful what was done to it...

Anna Salerno
Community Member
3 months ago

This is absolutely NOT true! Why do liberals have to demonize everything this beautiful FLOTUS do? 🤬🤬🤬🤬

suzanne werbiski
Community Member
3 months ago

i like the cherry trees. why take them out?

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Mary Beth Stephenson
Community Member
3 months ago

What an ignorant and hateful comment! These photos are of tulips and other early spring flowers. Also, fruit trees only bloom in the spring. No trees were cut down; just moved. Nothing has been damaged.

Mary Beth Stephenson
Community Member
3 months ago

What an ignorant and hostile comment! These photos are of tulips and other early spring flowers. Also, fruit trees only bloom in the early spring. No trees were chopped down; just moved.

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

She had no need or right to touch it. Fix First Lady Michelle Obama's garden, bitch.

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Christian Miller
Community Member
3 months ago

Um... who cares? With all the real issues in the world, this is what we focus in? Fail!

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

With all the real issues in the world, why is FLOTUS fucking with the Rose Garden?

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y'all_won't_like_me
Community Member
1 month ago

this is simply rude, even if you think it's wrong, you don't have to make a fool of yourself sending tweets to a woman you was simply dressing up a garden a little bit! what happened to being polite to one another? despite differences in opinion, seriously.

Molly Kasun
Community Member
2 months ago

They're pigs to jeer at her. She's an accomplished lady, and do we need to remind the nay-sayers that her husband has donated his entire paycheck to charity every month for the last 4 years?

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

Are you high? They've stolen an exponentially larger amount of taxpayer money on staying at Mar-a-Lardo countless times.

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Gail Ostendorf
Community Member
2 months ago

Cherry trees are fairly short lived, they probably needed to be replaced. Roses last much longer. Thank you for a beautiful rose garden. White flowers are a lovely addition to the White House.

Sue Sparks
Community Member
2 months ago

Are there any roses left in it?

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
2 months ago

Mean just to be mean. Not constructive at all.

meta dillard
Community Member
2 months ago

Leave her alone. She has big enough problem already.

Debra Powers
Community Member
2 months ago

This is far from improved. You turned a lovely garden into a lawn. What talent!

Just another bot
Community Member
3 months ago

Why couldn't she just add some disgusting monument or some ugly weeds to it, leaving the heritage intact?? I hate anytime mature trees are cut down but this seems like a willing act of vandalism to me

Lisa Utz
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

You’re not serious?! 😱 Jackie O? Melanoma is a treacherous beast! She has absolutely ZERO respect for (or knowledge of, for that matter) our history. And to spend all that money to destroy gorgeous plants when we’re in the midst of the worst economic crisis in a century and people are HUNGRY?😡 And just a couple months before the election as if to say, “Yeah, we’re that confident.” The Trumps are like the trailer trash who win huge lotteries. They may be rich, but they’re vulgar and without class.

LS S
Community Member
2 months ago

TDS has run rampant and it’s sad. The garden was NOT ADA compliant. The redesign was another Jackie design. Please try kindness for all those who couldn’t see it bc they couldn’t access it.

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Char Reiter
Community Member
3 months ago

How much did this cost the taxpayers?

Lisa Utz
Community Member
3 months ago

I read it was money from donations. 🙄 Good thing our country isn’t having a tough time feeding families right now...😡

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Blarrg
Community Member
3 months ago

Not a photography person, but look at the grass in the two photos. It appears that the first photo has had a filter applied to make the colors more vibrant. Maybe those are just the photos that the poster could find, but I have to think it's an intentional effort to exaggerate the differences.

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

It's much older than the other.

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Carmen Honacker
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugh, this makes me sick

Tracey Tait
Community Member
3 months ago

i was so hoping they were going to find a way to move them without destroying them but destruction is what these people do, so...

Richard Young
Community Member
3 months ago

About Melania Trump and the roses? Drop it. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/aug/24/facebook-posts/no-melania-trump-didnt-remove-roses-every-first-la/

Darwinist
Community Member
2 months ago

Trump's attempt to not looks like he is cause a ton of pollution

Joe Weaver
Community Member
3 months ago

Trump changed the color of Air Force One that was originally chosen by Jackie Kennedy. I think the Trumps have a "thing" for Jackie.

MammaG
Community Member
2 months ago

They hate anything classy. They're into "Dictator chic."

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Richard Young
Community Member
3 months ago

About Melania Trump and the roses? Drop it. https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/aug/24/facebook-posts/no-melania-trump-didnt-remove-roses-every-first-la/

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no she didn't! >:I

jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

What can one expect from people with no culture or soul. Trumpet the Joker of a president is not an educated citizen, just a a miserable dictateur with a wife who climbed the social ladder with her very special talents that does not require intelligence, just a cold heart.

LS S
Community Member
2 months ago

My goodness you need to think for yourself. The garden before was NOT handicapped accessible. The design was another Jackie design. Your minds are being manipulated by mass media. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Ed Austin
Community Member
3 months ago

Are we Taxpayers paying for this.....a stage for a political speech? I certainly hope not! This expense should be paid for by Trump's re-election campaign funds, not us taxpayers! Using the W.H as a place for re-election purposes should not have been allowed in the first place.

Mary Beth Stephenson
Community Member
3 months ago

What an ignorant and hateful comment. These photos are of tulips and other early spring flowers. Also, fruit trees only bloom in the spring. No trees were cut down; only a few moved. Nothing was damaged.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
3 months ago

She cut down Jackie O's cherry trees?! She took out the beautiful color and replaced it with something that probably belongs in Stepford Wives?

Colleen Garland
Community Member
3 months ago

I think this was nothing but F' you Kennedy, I'll show you who's better". And he has.

GFSTaylor
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't see any roses flowering in the original picture though. Oh, wait. That's because it was taken in the spring, when the tulips were in flower and roses aren't, unlike the new picture, when tulips do not flower. Use some common sense, people, before complaining.

Pavlina G
Community Member
3 months ago

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To be honest these are from opposite ends of the garden but still...no

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jonlovett Report

Ms.M.
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3 months ago

NAILED IT

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Chasten Report

K Mac ness
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3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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TheDailyEdge Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Every time I look at pictures of the ruined—-sorry—-“renovated” Rose Garden, my first thought is “Where TF are the roses”? Then again, we must remember her rows of red “Handmaiden” Christmas trees. A woman of little taste and imagination—-of course, look who she married. Unless drumpf has a meltdown tantrum from sensory overload when he sees too many colors all at once.

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vintage_vendor Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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scarebaby Report

Finch
Community Member
3 months ago

From beautiful & colorful to blah....

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HoarseWisperer Report

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
3 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

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautifully stated.

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CWest3118 Report

Ed Brancheau
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, even the toilets look better than what she came up with.

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claudiaraesherm Report

Kesam
Community Member
3 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

Death Metal Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

In all fairness... even Trump's own sister thinks he's a piece of turd.

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MamaMolly2018 Report

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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ChrChristensen Report

Kookamunga
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Parrish_Sky Report

Dániel Prim
Community Member
3 months ago

No I didn't read "crappable".

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MiaFarrow Report

Watching
Community Member
3 months ago

Private donors include: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and the estate of Jeffrey Epstein.

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kathjosmith Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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mmpadellan Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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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johnpavlovitz Report

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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MollyJongFast Report

Judi Michelle
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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CharlesMBlow Report

Unum Kumunu
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like cemetery

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SarahBCalif Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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JenAshleyWright Report

me
Community Member
3 months ago

Miss the colors

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Medford_Alba Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Unless it’s a picture of drumpf.

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robdelaney Report

ANDREA SERRANO MORALES
Community Member
3 months ago

its not like people were gonna vote for him anyways

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lesleyabravanel Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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thebobbyb Report

bv7hearts
Community Member
3 months ago

Erasing history is what these people are good at.

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DevinsCat1 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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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jenminicooper Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Puleeease... we are not her (or his) citizens. We are citizens of the US who made a bad choice and are now paying for it.

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cornell_wallace Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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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sirrsss Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Even the turf she put in looks half dead.

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JayGats63800810 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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HLoveVa Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Pleightx Report

Kookamunga
Community Member
3 months ago

Goli Soda, why bitch about the Obamas? Barack isn't currently in office. Instead we have a orange sociopath and his gold digging wife.

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NancyJoNOVA Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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AMARIGE25 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

Exactly.

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JenAshleyWright Report

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
Community Member
3 months ago

"LET THEM HAVE COVID!"

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BeschlossDC Report

Amelia Earhart
Community Member
3 months ago

Completely misses the point of a garden... she has made it no more than landscaping for a walkway.

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MeghanMcCain Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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AMARIGE25 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

She made it as dull and lifeless as she is herself.

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MiaFarrow Report

Mama Panda
Community Member
3 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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alexissmirks Report

Aoibhneas Bergher
Community Member
3 months ago

There were roses there planted by more than a century of First Ladies. This wasn't a renovation or a restoration. It was an erasure

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