First Lady Melania Trump dedicated a new garden for patients at one of America’s leading children’s hospitals on Friday as she grows more comfortable in the White House role.
Patients at the Children’s National Medical Center will be able to spend time outside in a healing garden while enjoying views of the National Mall and Washington Monument from the the hospital’s new rooftop.
Melania spent the afternoon working with children as they colored a floral coloring sheet with a pink marker and bonding with a girl who was celebrating her birthday.
‘My birthday was this Wednesday,’ she told the girl. The table continued to chat about birthdays, and Mrs Trump explained that her husband’s birthday is in June, and that he is 70-years-old.
The children all seemed to take kindly to the First Lady, and were pictured laughing and giving her hugs as they sat around the crafts table.
The group chatted about their favorite books and singers, and after several minutes of crafting, she thanked them for spending their afternoon with her. One of the young patients even gave her the picture she drew.
The new Bunny Mellon Healing garden is dedicated to all of America’s first ladies, and named for an American horticulturalist, gardener, philanthropist and art collector who died in 2014.
Following the festivities, the First Lady tweeted ‘Wonderful opening ceremony today for the new Healing Garden @childrenshealth. It will play a vital role in the recovery of extraordinary patients.’
Melania visited the garden quietly for the first time in March, when she and several patients planted seeds for morning glories, which are said to be a symbol of love and renewal, reported NBC New York.
Before cutting the blue ribbon and formally opening the space, the First Lady said that she looks forward to returning to see the garden in full bloom.
Because the garden is dedicated to all of the previous first ladies, a biography of each woman since Rosalynn Carter are featured in a hallway that leads to the outdoor space.
The afternoon was another sign of Melania becoming increasingly comfortable in her new role 100 days into her husband taking office.