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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

This is the third program in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.

Linda Jane Holden will reveal the story of family—a family of gardeners—and the noblesse oblige and talents of Rachel Lambert Mellon, now known to many simply as “Bunny.” 

The gardens and the gardeners range from the White House and the Lambert and Mellon homes in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Antigua, and le Potager du Roi, as well as Hubert de Givenchy’s chateau in France.  Most of these lush and secluded gardens were carved from the soil, others from wood and stone.  Yet all bear an alluring “nothing should be noticed” mystique, a singular aesthetic and Bunny’s signature style that is defined in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion, Perfume & Seduction, and Greenhouse open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m. Book Signing

About the Speaker

Linda Jane Holden is a garden historian, the author of Presidents’ Gardens, and a contributing author to White House History, a publication of the White House Historical Association. She first became aware of Mrs. Mellon's contributions to landscape design while working in the White House during the Reagan administration. She lives in Virginia.

About the Series

Escape Washington’s dreary winter weather by immersing yourself in the stories of luscious gardens and graceful estates.

Tuesday, February 12: Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior with Emily Eeardmans

Thursday, February 28: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now with Hermes Mallea

Thursday, March 7: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon with Linda Jane Holden

Tuesday, March 12: The Photographer in the Garden with Sarah Anne McNear

  • Bunny Mellon in her garden
  • Gardens of Bunny Mellon