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The White House Gardens of Camelot
While Jacqueline Kennedy and her dear friend Bunny Mellon were redecorating the White House, President John F. Kennedy came to Bunny with a request: transform the view from the Oval Office into a lavish space for soirees and ceremonies. Linda Jane Holden, author of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon joins us for History Happy Hour to share both the stories and beautiful images of these iconic garden spaces. Moderating the episode will be Lisa Manning, a member of our National Council on White House History.

Returning to kick off the episode is Bridget Albert, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Senior National Director of Education Beam Suntory, author of Market-Fresh Mixology, and co-hostess of the podcast Served Up. Bridget will be mixing up the Rose Garden Spritz cocktail.

Apr 22, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Linda Jane Holden
Linda Jane Holden, a former educator, worked in the Reagan White House where she could see the historic gardens and grounds and talk with the gardeners every day. These unique friendships and insider views, combined with extensive research, offered many glimpses and insights into the challenges and triumphs of managing the White House gardens and landscapes. This perspective, along with a life-long appreciation for White House history, led to the writing of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, an illustrated biography that was published by Vendome Press in October 2018. Linda also wrote “The Gardens of Bunny Mellon,” Hortus Journal of Gardening, UK, 2019; “Lady Bird Johnson’s Whistle-stop Tour through the South,” White House History, July 2017, President’s Gardens, Shire Books, 2013, and co-authored Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon, the Bunny Mellon Garden Journal, 2020, and Bunny Mellon Style, 2021. Linda is the co-founder of www.shoplapinbleu.com - a curated on-line shopping experience.
Lisa Manning
Lisa Manning is a cardiovascular nurse by education. She is an avid gardener fortunate to have her gardens archived in the Smithsonian Institution. Her focus on organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, propagating and preserving native plants has taken her to many venues and third world countries to share her passion. Presently, Lisa's primary leadership role is as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cheekood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art in Nashville where she has volunteered in some capacity since graduate school.