Melania Trump Continues Michelle Obama’s Garden Legacy

The Trump White House may be doing away with a lot from the previous administration, but they're keeping one thing: the White House garden.

Local D.C. students joined first lady Melania Trump to replant and harvest vegetables during her first White House Kitchen Garden event Sept. 22.

Mrs. Trump spent the afternoon working in the White House garden with children from the Boys & Girls Club, harvesting arugula, peas, radishes and Swiss chard. The crew also planted a number of vegetables including, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, kale, spinach and lettuce.

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The children and Mrs. Trump first enjoyed a tutorial from the National Park Service on how to harvest and plant, a White House statement said. Soon after, Mrs. Trump gave the children some wise words about their own gardens at home and what vegetables they enjoy. 

The Obama administration broke ground on the vegetable garden on the South lawn in 2009, as part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign started by then-first lady Michelle Obama to help promote healthy eating among children. The White House often served produce from the garden at state dinners and also donated the produce to local food banks. 

Mrs. Obama added more permanent improvements to the garden before the 2016 election, giving it an archway, sitting area and a stone pathway.  

“I am hopeful that future First Families will cherish this garden like we have,” Mrs. Obama said during an event dedicating the White House Kitchen Garden.

The current first lady’s senior adviser told CNN in February that Mrs. Trump is committed to the “preservation and continuation of the White House Gardens, specifically the first lady’s Kitchen Garden and Rose Garden.”

The children were sent home with their own gardening kits and honey.