The Gardens of Bunny Mellon



Rachel Lambert Mellon was born an heir to a great fortune—her grandfather invented Listerine and her father was the president of Gillette—and married one of the wealthiest men in America, the banking heir and philanthropist Paul Mellon. Known to her friends as Bunny, Mrs. Mellon cut a distinguished presence in rarified circles in Washington, New York, London, and Paris, where the Mellons maintained homes celebrated for their refinement and taste. But Mellon’s greatest love, and her signature accomplishment, was landscape and garden design. Linda Jane Holden, author of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, interviewed Mellon extensively before her death in 2014 and has been granted access by her family to her journals, correspondence, photographs, sketches, and memorabilia.

Much like one of Mrs. Mellon’s landscapes, The Gardens of Bunny Mellon has slowly matured over several years, allowing the gifted landscape photographer Roger Foley to record Oak Spring, her cherished home, in all four seasons. The book also features vintage photographs by Horst, Aarons, and others of Mellon’s gardens for her homes in Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and New York.

"Revisiting Mellon’s greatest horticultural hits … and a few, more humble triumphs … The Gardens of Bunny Mellon is part guide—with gorgeous photographs by Roger Foley that could make even the least inclined go hunting for a trowel—part biography, and part social history. Mellon’s passion is apparent throughout. Not only for growing things, but for life itself: The environments that she dreamed up were perfect for sitting, sniffing, eating, admiring, entertaining, and just meandering about alone." -


  • Hardcover.
  • Written by Linda Jane Holden, with an introduction by Sir Peter Crane.
  • Dimensions: 31 x 24.5 x 3cm.
  • 308 pages.
  • First published in October 2018, by Vendome.


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