Last weekend we went to Washington D.C. to be with Louise's family (her brother, Steve, lives there). On Friday morning we went on a tour of the White House Gardens. I have to admit, I was somewhat blasé about the idea...until I walked through the gate and saw this:
It's not an overwhelmingly huge house. The proportions seem just right, especially because of the surrounding grounds, a wonderful composition of open space and magnificent trees. There was quite a crowd, but the general feeling among the throng was so enthusiastic and respectful that wandering the pathway was very enjoyable. Here's Jacqueline Kennedy's garden:
And the Rose Garden:
The Rose Garden attracted the largest crowd...and I soon discovered why. President Obama could be seen through the window of the Oval Office at the end of the garden. According to a couple from Iowa with whom I spoke, as he entered the office he had come to the window and waved. Can you see him?
I think I did...but I soon was much more attracted to the prospect of seeing the Kitchen Garden, down the sweeping driveway, below. It is quite a feat. Very well organized and well tended. Surprise, surprise...our First Lady has inspired a great example for us all. It is large, but when I paced it off, I could see that it would fit quite easily in most front or back yards.
Just to one side of the Kitchen Garden, there is a beehive.
It was wonderful to be inspired by the First House of our nation. I think I'll begin planning our Vermont kitchen garden right now.