Who leaves $100 million to a garden library?
Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, who died recently at the age of 103, was a philanthropist, self-taught botanist, friend to Jacqueline Onassis and heir to the Listerine fortune. During her lifetime she redesigned the White House Rose Garden but also put together a significant collection of rare books, manuscripts and works of art on the subjects of landscape design, horticulture and natural history, now housed in the Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia USA.
Her estate, including jewellery, furniture and decorative items is soon to be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Gerard B. Lambert Fund which supports the Oak Spring Garden Library.
With her late husband Paul, Rachel Mellon also donated hundreds of artworks to museums and galleries.