First Lady dedicates D.C. Healing Garden for sick kids

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Dedicated to all of America’s first ladies, current First Lady Melania Trump spoke Friday at the opening of the new Bunny Mellon Healing Garden, which is located on the roof of the Children’s National Medical Center.

The rooftop garden, which has a great view of the National Mall and Washington Monument, is named for late philanthropist and horticulturalist Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, who died in 2014.

America’s First Ladies have always supported the Children’s National Medical Center and the Washington, D.C. community. The healing garden, which is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., “gives families dealing with health challenges a peaceful space to connect with nature and renew their spirits,” according to their website.

“It took so many kind and caring people focused on these very brave and amazing children,” Mrs. Trump said, addressing donors, doctors and a few patients. “This garden will be a quiet space for children to benefit from nature’s most important elements: fresh air and beautiful views, to relax and enjoy in peace. It has always been my belief that a nurturing and positive environment is vital to the health and well-being of all children.”

Along with hospital president Kurt Newman and other officials, Trump cut the rooftop ribbon before spending the afternoon with the young patients, doing artwork and celebrating one little girl’s birthday. “My birthday was this Wednesday,” she told the children, adding that her husband’s birthday is in June, and he is 70-years-old.

This was the second time Trump had visited the garden. According to the Daily Mail, the first time she had been there was in March, when she planted seeds for morning glories with some of the patients.

There is a biography of every first lady since Rosalynn Carter featured in a hallway that leads to the outdoor space.

Following the festivities, she tweeted, “Wonderful opening ceremony today for the new Healing Garden @childrenshealth. It will play a vital role in the recovery of extraordinary patients.”

 

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