WH Kitchen Garden (NARA)

WH Kitchen Garden (NARA) @whkitchengarden

This is an archive of an Obama Administration account and is maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).


“This garden has taught us that if we have the courage to plant a seed, just be brave enough to plant it, then take care of it, water it, tend to it, invite friends to help us take care of it, weather the storms that inevitably come, if we have the courage to do that, we never know what might grow.” –First Lady @MichelleObama #LetsMove

Office of the First Lady team photo in the garden from this fall!

First Lady @MichelleObama established the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009 with the hope of growing a healthier nation for our children. This inscription stone sits beneath the new arbor in the garden, and you can actually see the reflection of the arbor on the stone thanks to the rain!

A look inside the low tunnel where we are growing spinach and kohlrabi.

The low tunnels are up in the garden so we can continue to grow vegetables through the cold weather this winter.

More holiday fun! The garden is incorporated as part of the annual White House Gingerbread House display that sits in the State Dining Room. Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison and her team included the new arbor with the inscription underneath, the new table and benches, different varieties of plants grown in the garden, and even the beehive! #WHHolidays

Wishing you a happy holiday season from the White House Kitchen Garden! This is the first year the garden has been decorated for the holidays, and it’s complete with a tree made out of garden supplies, including pots, gardening tools, and a hose to top it off! #WHHolidays

Take a walk through the garden like guests did before the Italy State Dinner last week.

Earlier this year, @NASA shared lettuce seeds with us so we could plant the same variety of lettuce that they have grown on the International Space Station in the White House Kitchen Garden. Today, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough planted the next crop of this lettuce on the International Space Station. This will be the third time NASA has grown the “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce in space!

It was a magical evening in the garden! Before the Italy State Dinner began, guests had a chance to tour the illuminated garden. Guests will also get a taste of the garden because basil, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes were harvested and included in tonight's meal.

The First Lady and Mrs. Agnese Landini enjoyed a performance by local students next to the garden and tea at the new table in the garden today.

Today, as part of the Italy State Visit, First Lady @MichelleObama showed Mrs. Agnese Landini, wife of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, around the garden.

Students from around the country that participate in #LetsMove programs joined the First Lady to help her harvest last week, including harvesting her favorite fall vegetable: sweet potatoes.

It was a reunion of folks who have been part of #LetsMove efforts over the years that joined the First Lady at her final garden harvest last week.

"I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes that we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children - aspirations that have their rightful place here, in this beautiful spot outside of our nation's home." -First Lady @MichelleObama dedicating the White House Kitchen Garden a week ago today.

Try out the tasty Grilled Flatbread with Basil Puree and Garden Vegetables that the First Lady, White House chefs, students, and special guests prepared at the recent White House Kitchen Garden harvest. Find the recipe at LetsMove.gov.

The First Lady shows the President the details in the new table and benches in the garden.

@WhiteHouse Garden Tours are this weekend! Come get a close up look at the updates to the Kitchen Garden. The @NationalParkService will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located near 15th and E Streets Northwest on both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 am. Tickets will be distributed – one ticket per person – on a first-come, first-served basis. #WHGarden

We had a surprise guest at yesterday's fall garden harvest: President Obama!

An up close look at one of the benches, which showcases just some of the wood that was used throughout all of the new benches and table in the garden.

Check out the beautiful new table in the garden! It was built using wood from across the country. Learn more about the updates to garden that the First Lady unveiled yesterday at LetsMove.gov.

Big news! Today, First Lady @MichelleObama dedicated the White House Kitchen Garden, unveiling numerous updates and announcing how the garden will be preserved into the future. Making the garden even more accessible to kids and world leaders alike, the updates include establishing a revised layout with a new threshold, an entryway with an arbor (as seen in the photo), a wider walkway, and a gathering area with a table and benches. #LetsMove

Part of this week's harvest included carrots, tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers.

Freshly harvested from the garden: okra, tomatoes, eggplant, and watermelon.

Happy 100th birthday to the @NationalParkService! Did you know the White House Kitchen Garden is part of a National Park? The park land and gardens surrounding the @WhiteHouse make up a National Park called President's Park. #NPS100 #FindYourPark

There's so much fragrant and delicious basil growing in the garden.


Part of this week's harvest: tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers, and figs. Yum!

You can now explore the annual @WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden fall harvest with First Lady @MichelleObama through a new #GoogleExpeditions tour. Learn more at www.google.com/edu/expeditions.

Who likes jalapeño peppers? 🌶🌶

More okra on the way!

We have lots of tomatillos coming in!

Check out how much the watermelon has grown in just one week!

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