Apr 27, 2022
Washington, D.C.

Now the White Property Historic Association unveiled a new challenge of its award-successful journal, White Residence Record Quarterly, titled, “Every President Has Walked These Grounds.”

On November 21, 1800, immediately after going into the barely completed President’s Property in the rising City of Washington, Very first Lady Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her daughter describing the web site of her new household: “It is a wonderful location, able of every single improvement, and, the far more I perspective it, the additional I am delighted with it.” Very she observed the promise of the future in what remained a muddy design web page littered with a 10 years of particles. With this challenge of the Quarterly, we aspect a couple of of the quite a few approaches Mrs. Adams’s inspiring vision for the White Home Grounds has been fulfilled.

More than 100 images in this situation provide viewers a glimpse of historic trees, the Kitchen and Rose Gardens, yearly situations, wildlife, and seasonal landscapes.

In this concern:

  • Dale Haney, Superintendent of White Property Grounds, who has now devoted fifty decades to caring for the presidents’ 18.7 landscaped acres, shares recollections of Backyard garden Tours, Easter Egg Rolls, ceremonial tree plantings, and the improvements and adjustments he has witnessed.
  • Heath Hardage Lee can take us again to 1972 to share the tale of a fleeting transformation, when the Rose Garden was stuffed with hundreds of white flowers for the June wedding ceremony of Tricia Nixon to Edward Cox.
  • Elizabeth Hope Cushing, landscape historian, facts the story of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s 1935 Report to the President of the United States on Advancements and Plan of Maintenance for the Government Mansion Grounds. The preservation of historic trees, the placement of new trees, the privateness the landscape now affords the initial family, and the legendary vistas loved by the general public currently can be credited to Olmsted’s concepts.
  • Christy Bowe, photojournalist and member of the White Home Press Corps, has documented historical past unfold during 5 presidencies. With the President’s Yard among the most stunning of the backdrops in her portfolio, she shares an album of her get the job done with the Quarterly.
  • Arthur Chadwick’s account of the cultivation of orchids named for the to start with women delivers an case in point of a way in which the beauty of the White Dwelling Gardens conjures up growers beyond the White House fence.
  • Matthew Costello, White Dwelling Historic Association historian, tells the story of a legendary oak tree planted by President Theodore Roosevelt on the White Residence Grounds in 1904. The sapling, reputed to be descended from a venerable tree near George Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon, before long perished, but was not neglected.
  • Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer of the Countrywide Have faith in, usually takes us back again to a spring day in 1973 when Initial Girl Pat Nixon visited the historic Stephen Decatur Residence Backyard on Lafayette Square. Like the President’s House, its backyard garden continues to give a stage for gatherings of lots of sorts, and it welcomes brides each and every spring.

This 104-web site problem of White Household Record Quarterly retails for $9.95. To subscribe or acquire a solitary concern, pay a visit to shop.whitehousehistory.org.

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About White Home Background Quarterly
White Home Heritage Quarterly
, printed by the White Property Historical Affiliation since 1983, is now in its sixty fourth difficulty. The Quarterly offers the broadest perspective of this particular American subject—the White House—featuring memoir, biography, history, and cultural context as it opens the doors of “America’s House” to America. Issues are thematic, formed to inform a tale from a certain angle, and the themes—from audio, theater, manner, art, entertaining, flowers and gardens, kitchens and cooking, presidential journeys and travel, memoir, and presidential kin and presidential sites—suggest the broad scope of the content material. With editorial offices in Washington, D.C., at the Association’s row residence struggling with Lafayette Park throughout from the White House, White House History Quarterly is released four instances every single calendar year. One particular, two, or three-year subscriptions, solitary copies, and sure collections of back again concerns are obtainable.