Author: Linda Jane Holden & Robert Foley
About the book:
Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the château of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. All of these gardens are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, illustrated with Mellon’s own garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as with archival photographs and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville. Author Linda Holden’s text is based on extensive interviews with Mellon before her death in 2014.
About the author:
Linda Jane Holden is a garden historian and the author of Presidents’ Gardens. She first became aware of Mrs. Mellon’s contributions to landscape design while working in the White House during the Reagan administration. Holden’s text is based on extensive interviews with Mrs. Mellon and gardeners at Oak Spring and other Mellon family properties. She has been granted access to the Mellon archives by the Mellon family and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.
Roger Foley is a preeminent garden and landscape photographer with an extensive editorial practice. Over the past decade he has received top honors sixteen times from the Garden Writers Association for his books, portfolios of current editorial work, magazine and newspaper stories, and the Gold Award for Best Talent in Photography (2007 & 2010). Foley’s work has been published widely in hundreds of websites, magazines, and newspapers, including Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Southern Living. He lives in Virginia.
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