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Three weeks after its unveiling, Melania’s rose garden is dying and needs emergency repairs

Hey, remember how earlier this summer First Lady Melania Trump had the White House Rose Garden ripped up and redone to reflect its original pre-Civil Rights Act design? Well, the garden is now dying.

Less than three weeks after its official unveiling, the garden is experiencing “issues with water drainage” and “some minor complications with updated construction,” a source tells CNN.

The grass is also dying after it was damaged by events from the Republican National Convention so new sod needs to be laid down.

CNN reports:

Hundreds of guests were seated on the South Lawn during the convention, and a large tent was also erected. Additionally, a stage and lighting apparatus were built specifically for President Donald Trump to use the White House as the backdrop for his convention speech.

Expenses for the repairs have not been revealed; however, a White House spokesman says they will come “at no cost to taxpayers.” Instead, the tab is being picked up by Trump’s reelection campaign.

The White House has not said when the Rose Garden will be repaired, but with summer ending and fall approaching, it may not be until next spring.

Melania’s garden renovation also involved ripping out 10 perfectly healthy crabapple trees. The White House initially said the trees would be replanted somewhere else, though it has not said where or when that will be.

Related: Melania announces plans to “preserve history” by ripping up White House Rose Garden

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