A Garden Grows in Washington


Michelle Obama has inspired many with her poise and unique fashion sensibility. But perhaps her most inspiring gesture is the creation of a vegetable garden located on the South Lawn of the White House. This is the first garden to appear at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s “victory garden” during World War II, and is the First Lady’s poignant statement on maintaining a holistic diet and eating locally grown food.

Created with the assistance of the fifth grade students of Bancroft Elementary School, the garden consists of over 55 varieties of vegetables, various herbs, and berries, and will provide food for the First Family and formal dinners held at the White House.

Costing very little money, this project can inspire rural and urban dwellers alike to flex their own green thumbs. Try vertical gardens and potted plants to enrich city spaces. Decorative gear by William Morris lends a bit of fashion sensibility to the task.

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