Melania Trump harvests Michelle Obama's vegetable garden

Melania Trump at work in the White House kitchen garden.
Melania Trump at work in the White House kitchen garden.PHOTO: REUTERS
Trump planted fresh produce alongside a dozen 11- and 12-year-old children.
Trump planted fresh produce alongside a dozen 11- and 12-year-old children.PHOTO: REUTERS
Trump arrives to work in the White House kitchen garden.
Trump arrives to work in the White House kitchen garden.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Melania Trump made her first foray into the White House's vegetable garden on Friday (Sept 22), following in the footsteps of its creator and her predecessor, Michelle Obama.

Dressed down in jeans, a plaid shirt and red gardening gloves, the First Lady harvested and planted fresh produce alongside a dozen 11- and 12-year-old children.

"Thank you for coming and helping me to harvest," she told the children, who tended to plants including lettuce, radishes, carrots and turnips.

The immaculate White House Kitchen Garden - which can be seen through the gates to the White House South Lawn - was established in 2009 by Michelle Obama as part of her work fighting childhood obesity.

A stone left in the garden says she created it "with the hope of growing a healthier nation for our children."

"Healthy, nurturing and positive environments are instrumental in enhancing the well-being and mindfulness of all children," Trump said in a statement, suggesting she is keen to continue Obama's work.

She added the garden is "a prime example of how children can enjoy the outdoors and learn about healthy eating and living."

The vegetable garden is the first grown at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's "victory garden," planted in 1943.