The East Garden, better known as the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, is both more public and more private than its companion, the Rose Garden, to the west. The million and a half visitors who come each year to the Whit House have the opportunity of viewing it on the public tour. After passing the security check in the East Wing lobby, visitors proceed to the Garden Room and then through the glass-enclosed colonnade that runs along the north side of the garden.

But come the afternoon, after the last public visitor has been politely ushered out of the White House by the Secret Service and the German shepherd that always brings up the rear, the first lady, her family, and guests have this congenial garden as their outdoor retreat. One hundred people may be greeting the president in the Rose Garden, but the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden is off-limits and tranquil.