On March 20, 2009 First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the largest and most expansive vegetable garden to date on the White House lawn. On April 9, 2009 First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by local school children to plant the seeds for the White House vegetable garden.
This L- shaped 1,100-square-foot (100 m2) garden is located by the mansion’s tennis courts and can be seen from E street. The plot will provide more than 55 varieties of vegetables along with fruits that will be incorporated in the meals made for the Obama family as well as invited guests. Another portion of the yields will be donated to the local soup kitchen and the Food Bank Organization.
September 30, 2009 First Lady Michelle Obama was presented with a commendation by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), for planting the White House Kitchen Garden.