On Saturday, the renovation of the White House Rose Garden by First Lady Melania Trump was unveiled – the first time since it was redesigned by First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1961.
Included in the redesign the JFK rose, the Peace rose, and the Pope Saint John Paul II rose in honor of the late pontiff’s visit to the White House in 1979.
The JPII rose is a white tea rose cultivar, bred by American horticulturist Keith Zary in 2006. Also planted in the Vatican Gardens, the rose produces large white blossoms said to be among the most fragrant of all rose cultivars.
The redesign, paid for with private donations, was necessary because of drainage problems, blight & other disease, and a willow tree with too much shade cover.