Cherry trees and colourful plants were uprooted and replaced in favour of shrubbery and pavements. Some of the flowers were placed in the garden by first lady Jackie Kennedy back in the 1960s, when her husband John F. Kennedy was president.
Twitter was reminded of Melania’s Rose Garden on Saturday, when NBC’s presidential historian Michael Beschloss shared a picture of the greenery to the social media platform.
“Evisceration of White House Rose Garden was completed a year ago this month, and here was the grim result – decades of American history made to disappear,” he wrote.
Now, with a new first lady in the White House in the form of Dr Jill Biden, people are hoping that she’ll be looking to restore the garden to its former glory:
@trainriwas @BeschlossDC @dougmillsnyt I've been hoping for this, too. @FLOTUS?