Thursday 8 May 2014

First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew

Abigail Adams was the first First Lady to plant a vegetable garden at the White House.  Thomas Jefferson continued to tend to this garden when he was President.  Andrew Johnson even built a greenhouse where he grew tropical fruit trees.  Woodrow Wilson brought in sheep to graze on the White House lawn during the First World War.  Eleanor Roosevelt dug a victory garden during the Second World War to encourage Americans to grow their own vegetables.  As a result, 40% of the vegetables during the war were grown in private American gardens.  Hillary Clinton set up a rooftop vegetable garden when her husband was president.  Finally, Michelle Obama, concerned about her two daughters diet, had the biggest garden to date dug in 2009 at the White House.

Note:  Recipes are included in this picture book.


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