Working a few blocks away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I often take the sight of the White House for granted. It is nonetheless, one of the world’s most famous buildings and is visited each years by hundreds of thousands of Americans. On occasions they even let foreigners in and a few years back, I not only got to go on the regular East Wing tour I also had the opportunity to visit the West Wing and see the Oval Office. Now that was pretty cool but until today I still had some unfinished business with the White House. I had never actually been in the White House garden.
Tours of the garden are organized for the general public twice a year and I was so confident I would be able to go on one of them that I added “Going on one of the White House Garden Tours” to my DC-to-do-list-for-twenty-ten. I missed the spring tour because I was out of town. Luckily, the husband and I
and twenty five thousand other people made it to the fall tour today.
Apparently, one of the qualification demanded of American presidents is having a green thumb. Nearly every tree we saw on the White House grounds had a plaque detailing when it was planted and by which president. George H. W. Bush, in particular, seemed to have been quite the planter! Besides the trees, highlights of the tour include the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the White House Putting Green, the Rose Garden, the spot of Obama’s much talked about beer summit underneath magnolia trees planted by President Andrew Jackson, the Children’s Garden and of course the South Lawn of the White House.