|Rachel Lambert Mellon|
|Born||Rachel Lowe Lambert
August 9, 1910
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 2014
Upperville, Virginia, U.S.
|Cause of death||natural causes|
|Residence||Upperville, Virginia, U.S.|
|Occupation||Horticulturalist, arts patron|
|Known for||Redesigned White House Rose Garden|
|Spouse(s)||Stacy Barcroft Lloyd, Jr. (m. 1932; div. 1946)
Paul Mellon (m. 1948; d. 1999)
I was sitting alone in a grim mood – furious that the press attacked Senator Edwards on the price of a haircut. But it inspired me – from now on, all haircuts, etc., that are necessary and important for his campaign – please send the bills to me… It is a way to help our friend without government restrictions.
I'm nearly blind. I can hardly see. But I'm taking some herbs. Something quacky.
The sky is a free asset in design, and nothing unnecessary should be planted that takes away the sky.
As a child, I had lived many years in Southampton and sang in the choir of the Dune Church.
I always design a landscape with fixed horizons whether it be mountains or a stone wall around a 20-foot-square plot.
Part of creating is understanding that there is always more to do; nothing is ever completely finished.
One of the first gardens I did outside the family was for the designer Hattie Carnegie. I was 23 then, and I went to her salon, but could not afford any of her dresses myself, though I loved them. Miss Carnegie suggested I do a garden in exchange for a coat and dress, and so I designed and planted a garden for her.
I don't know what I've done that has made people so interested in me, more than anyone else.