Bunny Mellon, a DC Garden Designer with Connections


Philanthropist and garden designer Bunny Mellon died recently, and I didn’t appreciate her significance until reading Adrian Higgins’ terrific profile of her in today’s  WaPo.  “Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, arts patron and confidante of Jackie Kennedy, dies at 103.”


I didn’t even know that she designed two major gardens at the White House – the Jacqueline Kennedy garden above and Rose Garden below.



I also recommend this 2010 feature about her garden in Vanity Fair.


  1. I had the same reaction…although I knew her name, I had no idea Bunny Mellon was such an influential person in the gardening world until I read her obituary in the NYT.

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