The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

Author: Linda Jane Holden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865653511

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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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 ch�teau 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.

Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon

Author: Linda Jane Holden,Thomas Lloyd,Bryan Huffman

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 9781423655404

Category:

Page: 176

View: 7081


A treasure trove of Bunny Mellon's garden design philosophy and advice from her personal archive. Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon is for anyone who has enjoyed time spent in a garden, from aspiring garden makers to those who manage large estates. This collection is comprised of extracts from Bunny's own writings and garden notes, as well as photographs and drawings from her archive. Chapters are organized by Atmosphere (sky, horizon, shadows), Climate, Light, Space, Shape, Maintenance, and more--readers will feel as if Bunny Mellon has come alongside as a gardening guide and friend. Bunny Mellon was of the affluent class and mingled along with her husband, Paul Mellon, in the circles of the East Coast gentry of the Kennedy and Reagan eras. But Mrs. Mellon, as she was respectfully called by those professional gardeners who worked with her most, wasn't snooty about social position or afraid to get her hands dirty in the rich soil of her family's Virginia farm. Beyond this, Bunny Mellon was known nationally and internationally as a style icon of her time, enjoying friendships with Givenchy, the Kennedys, and the like. Her personal passion was for design, and that was exhibited in her fashion and her garden. A late acquaintance, Linda Holden learned that Bunny wanted to write a gardening book but never found the time. Searching the family's archive after Mrs. Mellon's death, the editors--whom all shared personal relationships with Bunny--discovered a trove of photographs, illustrations, and writings and have now turned it into the how-to gardening book Bunny had hoped to write. Linda Jane Holden is the author of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, published October 2018. Thomas Lloyd , grandson of Bunny Mellon, is president of the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation which was established by Bunny Mellon to honor her father. Bryan Huffman is an interior designer based in Charlotte, NC with a client base that spans the East Coast and extends into Texas. P. Allen Smith is the TV host of P. Allen Smiths Garden Home and P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table. He is a garden designer, conservationist, and lifestyle expert.

Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon

Author: Linda Jane Holden,Bryan Huffman,Thomas Lloyd

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423655419

Category: Gardening

Page: 176

View: 8794


A treasure trove of Bunny Mellon’s garden design philosophy and advice from her personal archive. Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon is for anyone who has enjoyed time spent in a garden, from aspiring garden makers to those who manage large estates. This collection is comprised of extracts from Bunny’s own writings and garden notes, as well as photographs and drawings from her archive. Chapters are organized by Atmosphere (sky, horizon, shadows), Climate, Light, Space, Shape, Maintenance, and more―readers will feel as if Bunny Mellon has come alongside as a gardening guide and friend. Bunny Mellon was of the affluent class and mingled along with her husband, Paul Mellon, in the circles of the East Coast gentry of the Kennedy and Reagan eras. But Mrs. Mellon, as she was respectfully called by those professional gardeners who worked with her most, wasn’t snooty about social position or afraid to get her hands dirty in the rich soil of her family’s Virginia farm. Beyond this, Bunny Mellon was known nationally and internationally as a style icon of her time, enjoying friendships with Givenchy, the Kennedys, and the like. Her personal passion was for design, and that was exhibited in her fashion and her garden. A late acquaintance, Linda Holden learned that Bunny wanted to write a gardening book but never found the time. Searching the family’s archive after Mrs. Mellon’s death, the editors―whom all shared personal relationships with Bunny―discovered a trove of photographs, illustrations, and writings and have now turned it into the how-to gardening book Bunny had hoped to write. Linda Jane Holden was a trusted friend of Bunny Mellon. She authored The Gardens of Bunny Mellon (October 2018). She lives in Chantilly, VA. Thomas Lloyd, grandson of Bunny Mellon, is president of the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, established by Bunny Mellon to honor her father. Lloyd lives in Washington, DC. Bryan Huffman, an interior designer based in Monroe, NC, was a close friend of Mrs. Mellon for ten years. P. Allen Smith is the TV host of P. Allen Smiths Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table. He is a garden designer, conservationist, and lifestyle expert.

Bunny Mellon

Author: Meryl Gordon

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9781455588749

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 724


AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH IN BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.

Bunny Mellon

Author: Meryl Gordon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455588733

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 8879


A biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion. Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon's family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.

All the Presidents' Gardens

Author: Marta McDowell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1604697504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 7455


All the Presidents' Gardens tells the untold history of the White House Grounds. Starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's focus on edibles, this rich and compelling narrative reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America.

Bunny Mellon Style

Author: Linda Jane Holden,Thomas Lloyd,Bryan Huffman

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423654927

Category: Architecture

Page: 300

View: 5500


This fascinating story of an American style icon Bunny Mellon, an art collector and philanthropist with her husband Paul Mellon, reveals how her style developed and how she became a self-confident, hands-on designer of homes and gardens in a privileged world. "Everyone copies her, everyone references her, including me." --Tory Burch, from the Foreword. "To be blasé about Bunny Mellon should make you resign from whatever business you are in." --Billy Baldwin, from Billy Baldwin: An Autobiography. Bunny Mellon Style is the intimate story of one of the most unintentionally influential women of twentieth-century design. Learn how her style developed, take a look inside the family homes she designed, get the flavor of her collaborations with French designers of fashion and jewelry, and begin to understand her vast and lasting influence on the world of design. Original research by the authors uncovered Mrs. Mellon's personal writings and correspondences. They talked with people who knew her, who were employed by her, and who spent time in her home and gardens. From published works, they extracted information about personal relationships between Mrs. Mellon and Jackie Kennedy Onasis, designers Billy Baldwin, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and more. Blending stories and accounts from such a wide variety of viewpoints results in a unique perspective of this extraordinary woman who moved in the upper echelon of society but preferred not to be noticed in the public eye. This book reveals Mrs. Mellon's style in furnishings, art, and collectibles; her dietary habits and penchant for picnics; her personal investment in designing every aspect of her homes, secondary buildings, and gardens. Come away with the highest regard for a woman who was disciplined and self-taught, who loved learning from historic texts, who was accomplished in myriad ways, and who was as utterly unpretentious and down-to-earth. A foreword by her grandson Thomas Lloyd is both surprising and warm. An abundance of imagery is used, including professional and archival photography, watercolors, whimsical hand drawings, and sketches. Cover (c) 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Used with permission of Isabelle Rey.

Washington's Iron Butterfly

Author: Donald A. Ritchie,Terry L. Birdwhistell

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081318228X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

View: 7501


Had Elizabeth "Bess" Clements Abell (1933–2020) been a boy, she would likely have become a politician like her father, Earle C. Clements. Effectively barred from office because of her gender, she forged her own path by helping family friends Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. Abell's Secret Service code name, "Iron Butterfly," exemplified her graceful but firm management of social life in the Johnson White House. After Johnson's administration ended, she maintained her importance in Washington, DC, serving as chief of staff to Joan Mondale and cofounding a public relations company. Donald A. Ritchie and Terry L. Birdwhistell draw on Abell's own words and those of others known to her to tell her remarkable story. Focusing on her years working for the Johnson campaign and her time in the White House, this engaging oral history provides a window into Abell's life as well as an insider's view of the nation's capital during the tumultuous 1960s.

I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise

Author: Mac Griswold

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

ISBN: 0374279888

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 6468


The story of Bunny Mellon, the great landscape architect and interior designer, becomes a revelatory exploration of extreme wealth in the American century. Bunny Mellon, whose life was marked by astonishing good fortune as well as tragedy and scandal, remains a singular figure in the annals of American design. The wife of Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men of his era, she traveled in the most rarefied circles. A close friend of the Kennedy family, she made the White House Rose Garden into the internationally famous backdrop it is today, and was later called upon to landscape the John F. Kennedy gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. Her Virginia estate, Oak Spring Farm, remains one of the triumphs of American horticulture and the fullest flowering of Mellon’s creative vision—boasting acre after acre of gardens bearing her distinctive imprint, as well as thousands of books testifying to her lifelong passion for plants. As an interior designer, she spread her breathtaking elegance across eight different homes, staffed by as many as 350 employees. A daring and visionary art collector, she donated hundreds of impressionist paintings to the National Gallery of Art while also championing the likes of Mark Rothko, from whose studio she snapped up numerous works before he was known. She also championed John Edwards in his bid for vice president, a story tainted with scandal. Behind Mellon’s larger-than-life—but unfailingly reserved—persona, however, was the individual known only to her closest companions, among them Jackie Kennedy, Hubert de Givenchy, and Cristóbal Balenciaga. She was a woman defined not only by an aura of loneliness and imperiousness but also by the startling speed with which she could enter into friendships or drop them. I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise is the most detailed treatment yet of Mellon’s extraordinary life and legacy, and establishes her as a critical link between the traditions of the past and the evolution of American sensibilities during the latter half of the twentieth century. With this book, Mac Griswold—a close friend of Mellon’s for many years—sheds new light on a figure as mesmerizing as the gardens and homes on which she left her mark.

Grace & Power

Author: Sally Bedell Smith

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 1845137221

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 847


Unlike so many other books, Grace and Power rejects gossip and conspiracy theory to tell the story of John and Jackie’s three years in the White House soberly, comprehensively and sensitively, from beginning to sudden end. Sally Bedell Smith’s book on John and Jackie Kennedy was hailed by authoritative reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic as the most distinguished and well-written book on a perennially fascinating subject for years. In the US the hardback was high on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. It is an immensely poignant chronicle of pivotal historical events seen from the inside out, from within the private home of the President and First Lady. Amidst the superficial opulence of their social circle, we see the Cuban Missile Crisis and the burgeoning American civil rights movement from the perspective of an invalid president often barely well enough to appear in public. Together with his young wife, abandoned by her husband’s relentless womanising, nevertheless changed the politics and style of America. Grace and Power is the classic account of that time.