• Guests at the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of guests at the White House Easter Egg Roll was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on April 10, 2023. The theme for the 2023 Easter Egg Roll, which was hosted by President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, was a return of "EGGucation," which Dr. Biden also selected in 2022. Activities at the annual South Lawn celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among other educational activities.
  • Guests at the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of guests at the White House Easter Egg Roll was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on April 10, 2023. The theme for the 2023 Easter Egg Roll, which was hosted by President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, was a return of "EGGucation," which Dr. Biden also selected in 2022. Activities at the annual South Lawn celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among other educational activities.
  • U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at 2023 Easter Egg Roll
    Matthew D'Agostino
    music
    military
    holidays
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps gather in the Rose Garden during the White House Easter Egg Roll, which was held on April 10, 2023. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps was established in 1960, and provides music in the style of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. Uniforms reflect army musicians' attire, circa 1784, including black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, coveralls, and distinct red regimental coats. The band also entertains during arrival ceremonies for visiting dignitaries and for inaugurations at the White House. Other military bands that performed at the Easter Egg Roll included the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Army Band, and the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at 2023 Easter Egg Roll
    Matthew D'Agostino
    music
    military
    holidays
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken by Matthew D'Agostino for the White House Historical Association, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps gather in the Rose Garden during the White House Easter Egg Roll, which was held on April 10, 2023. The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps was established in 1960, and provides music in the style of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. Uniforms reflect army musicians' attire, circa 1784, including black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, coveralls, and distinct red regimental coats. The band also entertains during arrival ceremonies for visiting dignitaries and for inaugurations at the White House. Other military bands that performed at the Easter Egg Roll included the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Army Band, and the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • President Nixon Walks Tricia Nixon Down the Aisle
    Jack E. Kightlinger
    celebrations
    weddings
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph by Jack E. Kightlinger, President Richard M. Nixon walks his eldest daughter, Tricia Nixon, down the aisle at her wedding on June 12, 1971. Tricia Nixon married Edward Cox at a ceremony in the Rose Garden on the White House Grounds, followed by a reception in the East Room. A gazebo was built for the ceremony, which was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Edward Latch. The greenery of the Rose Garden was dotted with roses of reds, pinks, whites, and yellows. The shade of green of the crabapple trees throughout was said to match the shade of the bridesmaids’ layered silk organdy dresses, made by Priscilla of Boston. Though there was an intimate number of invited guests, just beyond it, on the South Lawn, press tents captured the nuptials for the nation.
  • Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox Wedding Ceremony in the Rose Garden
    Robert L. Knudsen
    celebrations
    weddings
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    In this aerial photograph by Robert L. Knudsen, Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, and Edward Cox stand at the altar in front of invited guests at their wedding on June 12, 1971. Their wedding took place in the Rose Garden on the White House Grounds and was followed by a reception in the East Room. The greenery of the Rose Garden was dotted with roses of reds, pinks, whites, and yellows and the shade of green of the crabapple trees throughout was said to match the shade of the bridesmaids’ layered silk organdy dresses, made by Priscilla of Boston. Though there was an intimate number of invited guests, just beyond it, on the South Lawn, press tents captured the nuptials for the nation.
  • White House Playground Decorated for the 2023 Easter Egg Roll
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    South Grounds
    Easter Egg Roll
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of a playground decorated for the White House Easter Egg Roll was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on April 10, 2023. For the day's festivities, creatures -- including rabbits and a butterfly -- made up of greenery, are decoratively on displayed on and around the playground. The theme for the 2023 Easter Egg Roll, which was hosted by President Joseph R. Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, was a return of "EGGucation," which Dr. Biden also selected in 2022. Activities at the annual celebration included the traditional Easter egg roll and egg hunt, special guest readers in the reading nook, costumed characters, food, and arts and crafts, among other educational activities. The playground, installed by the Biden family, is located just outside the Rose Garden and within view of the Oval Office.
  • President Reagan and Prime Minister of Ireland in the Rose Garden
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    St. Patrick's Day
    head of state
    presidential gifts
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan and Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald of Ireland was taken by Bill Fitz-Patrick on March 17, 1986. During a ceremony in the Rose Garden, Taoiseach Fitzgerald, also known as a prime minister, presented a Waterford Crystal bowl of shamrocks to President Reagan. Secretary of State George P. Shultz is also pictured.
  • Mrs. Bush Accepts Shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day
    Unknown
    presidential gifts
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    St. Patrick's Day
    In this photograph, First Lady Barbara Bush accepts a gift on March 17, 1992. The gift, a crystal bowl of shamrocks, was in honor of St. Patrick's Day and took place in the Rose Garden on the South Grounds of the White House.
  • Cheney and Rumsfeld Walk Along the West Colonnade
    Bruce Dale
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    staff
    West Wing
    West Colonnade
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    Cabinet
    This photograph, taken in March 1975 by Bruce Dale, shows deputy assistant to the president Richard B. Cheney (left) and chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld (right) walking along the West Colonnade. In November 1975, Cheney would replace Rumsfeld as President Gerald R. Ford's chief of staff, while Rumsfeld moved on to the position of secretary of defense. Both Cheney and Rumsfeld held positions during the administrations of President Richard M. Nixon, Ford, and George H. W. Bush. Later, Cheney would serve as Vice President of the United States while Rumsfeld would again serve as secretary of defense for President George W. Bush.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Speaks at 1976 State Dinner
    David Hume Kennerly
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    Head of State
    In this photograph by David Hume Kennerly, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain gives a toast at a State Dinner held in her honor. President Gerald R. Ford, who gave a toast before Queen Elizabeth, looks on. The State Dinner was held on July 7, 1976 under a tent in the Rose Garden on the South Grounds of the White House and followed a State Arrival Ceremony held earlier in the day. Queen Elizabeth, along with her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the United States from July 6 to 11 in celebration of the American Bicentennial. During their six day trip, they visited eight American cities, starting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Mrs. Ford Leads Media Press Tour Ahead of State Dinner
    Karl Schumacher
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    staff
    staff of FLOTUS and POTUS
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    press
    In this photograph by Karl Schumacher, First Lady Betty Ford and social secretary Maria Downs lead members of the press on a preview tour ahead of a State Dinner held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The media tour as well as the State Dinner took place on July 7, 1976. The tour included a preview of the temporary tent erected in the Rose Garden for the dinner and the tables and decor set up inside. Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the United States from July 6 to 11 in celebration of the American Bicentennial. During their six day trip, they visited eight American cities, starting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Inside the Tent Erected in the Rose Garden for State Dinner
    Karl Schumacher
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph by Karl Schumacher taken on July 7, 1976, preparations are underway inside a tent erected for a State Dinner held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The State Dinner, which was held in the Rose Garden, followed a day of activities with President Gerald R. Ford, First Lady Betty Ford, Queen Elizabeth, and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, including a State Arrival Ceremony that morning. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the United States from July 6 to 11 in celebration of the American Bicentennial. The tent, which was temporary, included carpeted floors that were installed under the direction of Mrs. Ford, to protect shoes and ensure wet grass would not cause a slippery surface.
  • President Reagan Throws a Snowball
    Terry Arthur
    West Colonnade
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    snow
    This photograph of President Ronald Reagan was taken by Terry Arthur on February 25, 1986. President Reagan was captured throwing a snowball while walking back toward the Oval Office. The Rose Garden and West Colonnade are visible at right.
  • President Obama Tosses a Soccer Ball After Meeting with the Columbus Crew
    Pete Souza
    White House Guests
    sports
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama tosses a soccer ball after a Rose Garden celebration with the Columbus Crew on July 13, 2009. The Major League Soccer (MLS) team visited with President Obama following their 2008 MLS Cup Championship. Obama tossed the soccer ball in the air on his way back to the Oval Office. The ball, along with team banner and uniform, were gifts for Obama from the team.
  • President Ford Welcomes Pelé to the White House
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    White House Guests
    sports
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, President Gerald R. Ford welcomes soccer superstar Pelé in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 28, 1975. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé visited the White House while in town with his team the New York Cosmos, who were scheduled to play against the Washington Diplomats in a North American Soccer League match that weekend. Pelé showed President Ford his juggling skills, seen here, before the president tried his hand at the soccer skill. Also attending the event were Joao Augusto de Araujo Castro, Brazilian ambassador to the United States; Joseph Danzansky, owner of the New York Cosmos; Clive Toye, general manager of the Cosmos; Steven Leipsner, general manager of the Washington Diplomats; and Julio Mazzei, Pelé’s adviser and longtime friend, who served as his interpreter.
  • President Ford Welcomes Pelé to the White House
    David Hume Kennerly
    sports
    White House Guests
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph by David Hume Kennerly, President Gerald R. Ford welcomes soccer superstar Pelé in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 28, 1975. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé visited the White House while in town with his team the New York Cosmos, who were scheduled to play against the Washington Diplomats in a North American Soccer League match that weekend. Pelé showed President Ford his juggling skills before the president, seen here, tried his hand at the soccer skill. Also attending the event were Joao Augusto de Araujo Castro, Brazilian ambassador to the United States; Joseph Danzansky, owner of the New York Cosmos; Clive Toye, general manager of the Cosmos; Steven Leipsner, general manager of the Washington Diplomats; and Julio Mazzei, Pelé’s adviser and longtime friend, who served as his interpreter.
  • President Ford Welcomes Pelé to the White House
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    White House Guests
    sports
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, President Gerald R. Ford welcomes soccer superstar Pelé in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 28, 1975. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé visited the White House while in town with his team the New York Cosmos, who were scheduled to play against the Washington Diplomats in a North American Soccer League match that weekend. Pelé showed President Ford his juggling skills, seen here, before the president tried his hand at the soccer skill. Also attending the event were Joao Augusto de Araujo Castro, Brazilian ambassador to the United States; Joseph Danzansky, owner of the New York Cosmos; Clive Toye, general manager of the Cosmos; Steven Leipsner, general manager of the Washington Diplomats; and Julio Mazzei, Pelé’s adviser and longtime friend, who served as his interpreter.
  • President Reagan Plays Soccer with Pelé and Steve Moyers
    Unknown
    White House Guests
    sports
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph, President Ronald Reagan kicks a soccer ball to American soccer star Steve Moyers on October 14, 1982. Soccer icon Pelé, standing at left, was also a part of the group kick around. Pelé and Moyers were invited to the White House that day to put on a soccer demonstration for two local youth soccer teams -- the Green Raiders and the Stompers -- gathered in the Rose Garden. Pelé and Moyers first met with President Reagan in the Oval Office. Following their demonstration, Pelé (born Edson Arantes do Nascimento) spoke to the young players. President Reagan then tossed the ball and the two teams played a game in the Rose Garden.
  • Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox's Wedding Ceremony from Behind
    Jack E. Kightlinger
    wedding
    First Family
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph, taken June 12, 1971 by Jack E. Kightlinger, Tricia Nixon exchange vows with Edward Cox during their wedding ceremony under a specially built gazebo in the White House Rose Garden. It shows the view of the ceremony from behind Rev. Dr. Edward Latch, who officiated. Theirs was the 16th documented wedding to take place at the White House and the first to be held in the Rose Garden or outdoors. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. Approximately 400 guests watched the first daughter marry Edward Cox, a law student at the time, in the Rose Garden.
  • Wedding Construction in the Rose Garden
    Oliver F. Atkins
    wedding
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph taken by Oliver F. Atkins on June 11, 1971, shows the construction of the platform for the gazebo where Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox would exchange vows in the Rose Garden. Their wedding, which took place the next day, was the 16th documented wedding to take place at the White House and the first to be held in the Rose Garden or outdoors. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. Approximately 400 guests attended the wedding.
  • Wedding Frenzy in the Rose Garden
    Byron E. Schumaker
    military
    staff
    wedding
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph was taken on June 12, 1971 by Byron E. Schumaker and shows the all-hands-on-deck preparations for Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox's wedding as staff and military aides set up chairs in the Rose Garden. Their wedding was the 16th documented wedding to take place at the White House and the first to be held in the Rose Garden or outdoors. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. Approximately 400 guests watched the nuptials of the couple.
  • The Nixons Speak to Members of Army Strings During Wedding Rehearsal
    Karl Schumacher
    wedding
    military
    First Family
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph taken on June 11, 1971 by Karl Schumacher, President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon talk with members of the Army Strings in the Rose Garden of the White House. The President and Mrs. Nixon greeted the group at the wedding rehearsal for their eldest daughter, Tricia Nixon, and her fiancé, Edward Cox. In the background, Tricia and Edward are captured talking to a woman, possibly Julie Nixon Eisenhower. The wedding took place the next day, on June 12, and was the 16th wedding to take place at the White House.
  • View of the West Colonnade and the Rose Garden
    Martin Radigan
    West Colonnade
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph of the West Colonnade and the Rose Garden was taken by Martin Ratigan on July 1, 2021 during the Joseph R. Biden administration. The photograph, taken just outside the Oval Office, shows the beautiful grounds, and the ornate garden visible from the president's desk.
  • Rose Garden, Biden Administration
    Martin Radigan
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    West Colonnade
    This photograph of the West Colonnade and the Rose Garden was taken by Martin Ratigan on July 1, 2021 during the Joseph R. Biden administration. The Rose Garden is made up of colorful annual perennials in addition to the roses it is named after. It is located on the west side of the South Grounds, just outside the Oval Office. It has gone through several incarnations: a vegetable garden in the first part of the 19th century, a “colonial” garden in 1902, and then replaced with a rose garden in 1913. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy wanted to expand the garden for official functions and events. His idea became the Rose Garden, designed by horticulturist, gardener, and close friend of the Kennedys, Rachel Lambert Mellon. The garden was installed the following year, becoming a green theater for official ceremonies and a special place for the first family’s private enjoyment.