On March 29, Children’s National was honored to welcome Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States, who visited children and families at our new Bunny Mellon Healing Garden. Mrs. Bush is one of the honorary chairs of the garden, which is dedicated to all of the First Ladies and is scheduled to officially open in late April. She read from the book "Our Great Big Backyard," which she wrote with her daughter Jenna. The book ended with the line, “Look, it’s beautiful right here in our own backyard”-- and she added, “And it’s beautiful right up here in the children’s garden, isn’t it?”
Children’s National built the outdoor garden to give children and their families a place to feel the sun, see the sky, and enjoy the healing power of nature.