Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910-2014), better known as ‘Bunny’ Mellon, was a renowned horticulturist, philanthropist and collector. She was the wife of Mr. Paul Mellon, only son of financier Andrew Mellon, who amongst his many accomplishments served as Treasury Secretary to three presidents. Mrs. Mellon’s instinct for color, form and design laid the foundation for what was to become one of her greatest passions: the art of gardening. Her most celebrated project was the White House Rose Garden that Jacqueline Kennedy personally asked her to design. Another particularly enduring and fruitful partnership was formed when Mrs. Mellon was enlisted to landscape the terrace of Jean Schlumberger’s New York City apartment. Over the course of their friendship, Schlumberger created nearly two hundred pieces for Mrs. Mellon, often taking inspiration directly from her garden. The majority of the collection can now be found at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.