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White House Kitchen Garden

White House Kitchen Garden

Over the years, the garden has grown in size from 1,100 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

17th & E Streets

17th & E Streets

17th & E Streets checkpoint before and after (rendering).

16th & Constitution Before and After

16th & Constitution Before and After

16th Street & Constitution Ave. checkpoint before and after (rendering).

Picture Yourself at President's Park!

Picture Yourself at President's Park!

Come join us! Here, two YCC members take a photograph of themselves by the Lincoln Memorial during a field trip to explore nearby parks.

Temporary Fence Improvements

Temporary Fence Improvements

Note, the mock-up pictured here was constructed with "pencil points" at a 7 degree angle. However, the proposal would reduce the angle to 5 degrees as shown in the accompanying sketch.

15th & E Streets Before and After

15th & E Streets Before and After

15th & E Street checkpoint before and after (rendering).

White House Kitchen Garden

White House Kitchen Garden

Fruits, vegetables and herbs grow along the path through the White House Kitchen Garden. They are harvested and sent to the White House kitchen to be included in meals at White House events for the First Family... More

Kitchen Garden Plants

Kitchen Garden Plants

Tomatoes growing in the White House Kitchen Garden, 2016.

Kitchen Garden Plants

Kitchen Garden Plants

Peppers and other vegetables growing along the path through the White House Kitchen Garden.

Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Garden

In the spring of 2014, the pollinator garden was planted next to the Kitchen Garden to support bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Its goal is to promote pollinator health and habitat.

YCC Members Help Weed a Flowerbed

YCC Members Help Weed a Flowerbed

In addition to learning and practicing their interpretive skills, YCC members also learn about other divisions within the park. Here, they help beautify the park by pulling weeds while working with the gardenin... More

Beehive near the White House Kitchen Garden

Beehive near the White House Kitchen Garden

Beehive near the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, 2016.

Communal Table Bench

Communal Table Bench

Close-up of a bench from the communal table that showcases all the different types of wood used to construct the table.

Communal Table

Communal Table

Close-up view of the intricate design that is featured on the communal table.

Thomas Jefferson Beds

Thomas Jefferson Beds

Two beds in the garden were dedicated to America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, who was an avid gardener. The plants grown in those beds come from seeds from Jefferson's gardens at Monticello.

White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest

White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest

Tools laid out and prepped for the fall harvest, 2016.

YCC & President Lincoln

YCC & President Lincoln

YCC members visit Ford's Theatre NHS, part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, during an orientation to parks and parklands within Washington, DC and the surrounding community.

Kitchen Garden Plants

Kitchen Garden Plants

Close-up of the "Wonder Bell Hybrid Pepper," 2016.

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes...

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes...

At the end of the 2012 YCC program, YCC members and youth volunteers decorated shoes to commemorate their time here at the park. Here, Edward Finnegan shows off his pair.

YCC Explore the Park

YCC Explore the Park

YCC members and staff pose for a group shot outside in President's Park.

Communal Table

Communal Table

The communal table sits in the gathering place in the middle of the White House Kitchen Garden.

Map

Map

Checkpoints at 17th & E, 15th & E, and 16th & Constitution will be reconfigured as part of this project.

Gathering Place

Gathering Place

The gathering place is the heart of the garden, where people come together. At the center, visitors are invited to grow, gather and learn around a communal table.

Compost System

Compost System

A close-up view of the compost system, featuring a quote by Thomas Jefferson written on the side. The first ever compost system was added in 2009 by Michelle Obama when the White House Kitchen Garden was planted.

Kitchen Garden Walkway

Kitchen Garden Walkway

On April 9, 2009, the First Lady and students from Bancroft Elementary School, a school located in Washington D.C., planted the garden for the first time.

National Women's Party picket line, President's Park, 1917.

National Women's Party picket line, President's Park, 1917.

Original caption reads: 'National Women's Party - Pennsylvania on the picket line, 1917.'

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Demonstrations. Civil Rights activists picketing the white house.

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HFCA 1607_Demonstrations_181.jpg

Demonstrations. Nazi picketing the White House.

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Demonstrations. Nazi picketing the White House.

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HFCA 1607_Demonstrations_208.jpg

Demonstrations. Pro-Israeli demonstration in front of the White House.

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Demonstrations. Man speaking during a pro-Jewish demonstration in front of the White House.

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Demonstrations. Man speaking during a pro-Jewish demonstration in front of the White House.

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Demonstrations. Peace meeting in Lafayette Park in Washington DC.

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NPS Employee talking to visitors at the White House in President's Park.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog was one of the Strolling Characters on the South Lawn of the White House

Colorado - Andy Powell

Colorado - Andy Powell

Colorado egg designed by Andy Powell

Connecticut - Nancy Dudchik

Connecticut - Nancy Dudchik

Connecticut egg designed by Nancy Dudchik

Maine - Susan Sanagorski-Phillips

Maine - Susan Sanagorski-Phillips

Maine egg designed by Susan Sanagorski-Phillips

South view of the White House

South view of the White House

South view of the White House

Handprint In Bronze

Handprint In Bronze

Handprints and footprints of Presidents' children and grandchildren can be found in the Children's Garden

Wyoming - Jules Webb

Wyoming - Jules Webb

Wyoming egg designed by Jules Webb

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus joined with Julian Ivey on stage at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

2006 White House Easter Egg Roll

2006 White House Easter Egg Roll

Strolling Characters provide photo opportunity for children and families

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

National Christmas Tree, a 41’ 9" Colorado blue spruce, is a living tree located on the Ellipse

Dolley Madison spirit

Dolley Madison spirit

In 1849, the new president Zachary Taylor, walked across Lafayette Square to a mansion made shabby by peeling paint, to pay homage to DOLLEY MADISON. Declining health and constant worry had weakened her, and sh... More

Vermont - Nancy Peters

Vermont - Nancy Peters

Vermont egg designed by Nancy Peters

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Elf sang at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

Florida - Sue Hemberger

Florida - Sue Hemberger

Florida egg designed by Sue Hemberger

Nebraska - Lori Griepenstroh

Nebraska - Lori Griepenstroh

Nebraska egg designed by Lori Griepenstroh

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The conclusion of the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

Virginia - Germaine L. Curry

Virginia - Germaine L. Curry

Virginia egg designed by Germaine L. Curry

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Holly Stell sang at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

U.S. Air Force Band, directed by Colonel Dennis M. Layendecker, played for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

Massachusetts - Lily Ng

Massachusetts - Lily Ng

Massachusetts egg designed by Lily Ng

Missouri - Emma Murphy

Missouri - Emma Murphy

Missouri egg designed by Emma Murphy

Illinois - Kathy Kendall

Illinois - Kathy Kendall

Illinois egg designed by Kathy Kendall

District of Columbia - Scott Brooks

District of Columbia - Scott Brooks

District of Columbia egg designed by Scott Brooks

Georgia - Helen M. Dunham

Georgia - Helen M. Dunham

Georgia egg designed by Helen M. Dunham

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

For the 13th consecutive year, the National Capital Trackers, a local model train club, will provide model trains that surround the base of the National Christmas Tree. The trains will run from 11:00 a.m. to 11... More

Rhode Island - Kimberly Oliva

Rhode Island - Kimberly Oliva

Rhode Island egg designed by Kimberly Oliva

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year Sara Evans performed at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

Conclusion of Lafayette Park spirits program

Conclusion of Lafayette Park spirits program

Park Ranger ended Lafayette Park spirits program by re-introducing all the spirits and thanking visitors for their participation.

Stephen Decatur spirit

Stephen Decatur spirit

As one of his duties in the Navy, STEPHEN DECATUR sat as one of the judges in the court martial of his good friend Commodore James Barron, who, finding his ship under attack by the British in 1807, and with onl... More

Texas - Pat Harding

Texas - Pat Harding

Texas egg designed by Pat Harding

Minnesota - Julie Reeve

Minnesota - Julie Reeve

Minnesota egg designed by Julie Reeve

North Carolina - Kathleen Elnaccash

North Carolina - Kathleen Elnaccash

North Carolina egg designed by Kathleen Elnaccash

Michigan - Deborah McMillan

Michigan - Deborah McMillan

Michigan egg designed by Deborah McMillan

2006 White House Easter Egg Roll

2006 White House Easter Egg Roll

Dyed eggs are used for the Egg Rolling event

2008 White House Easter Egg Roll

2008 White House Easter Egg Roll

The American Egg Board provided more than 15,000 eggs, including: 7,500 real eggs for the Egg Roll, 3,200 dyed eggs for the Egg Hunt, and 4,500 plain hard cooked eggs for children to dye.

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

"Let It Snow" was played at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

Wisconsin - Ruth Meszaros

Wisconsin - Ruth Meszaros

Wisconsin egg designed by Ruth Meszaros

Visitors gathered to listen Theodore Roosevelt

Visitors gathered to listen Theodore Roosevelt

Visitors gathered to listen Theodore Roosevelt

Bernard Baruch spirit

Bernard Baruch spirit

After Roosevelt’s death in 1945, President Truman appointed BERNARD BARUCH the United States representative to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. He proposed the elimination of nuclear weapons after i... More

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The audience is waiting for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony to begin

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

In what becomes the "Pathway of Peace," the National Christmas Tree and 56 smaller trees--one for each state, five territories and the District of Columbia--serve as the event focal point. All 57 trees will be ... More

Alaska - Robin Bennett

Alaska - Robin Bennett

Alaska egg designed by Robin Bennett

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

South Carolina - Jill P. Burriss

South Carolina - Jill P. Burriss

South Carolina egg designed by Jill P. Burriss

Arkansas - Judy Linstruth

Arkansas - Judy Linstruth

Arkansas egg designed by Judy Linstruth

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Julian Ivey performed at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

The National Capital Trackers have set up a varieties of trains and villages surrounding the National Christmas Tree.

Theodore Roosevelt spirit

Theodore Roosevelt spirit

Returning to the White House in late 1902, THEODORE ROOSEVELT won the presidency in his own right in a landslide election in 1904. He negotiated for the U.S. to take control of the Panama Canal and its construc... More

Putting Green

Putting Green

A putting green is located on the South Lawn

South Fountain

South Fountain

South Fountain is surrounded by dusty miller and red salvia

Oregon - Diane Angle

Oregon - Diane Angle

Oregon egg designed by Diane Angle

Oklahoma - Lindsay Adams

Oklahoma - Lindsay Adams

Oklahoma egg designed by Lindsay Adams

2008 White House Easter Egg Roll

2008 White House Easter Egg Roll

2008 White House Easter Egg Roll

08 South View of the White House

08 South View of the White House

South view of the White House can be seen nearby the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse.

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

2007 National Christmas Tree Lighting

Snow fell the night before the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree ceremony. The State of Vermont tree is in the foreground.