Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon’s estate on the market for $19.8M

The Osterville Harbors estate of style icon and esteemed horticulturist Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon is up for sale at an asking price of $19.8 million.

The property, called Scallop Path, is one of the few places that still has thriving gardens designed by Mellon,a self-taught horticulturist who died in 2014 at age 103. 

Perhaps Mellon’s most well-known garden design was her 1962 creation of the White House Rose Garden, where President John F. Kennedy Jr. — and presidents after him — hosted significant events for world leaders and school children.

“Vanity Fair” reported at the time that Mellon’s close friend, Jacqueline Kennedy, asked her to design a garden outside President Kennedy’s office along the lines of ones he had seen while visiting European leaders.

Jacqueline Kennedy and her Cape Cod neighbor Bunny Mellon step into the lobby of the Colonial Theatre in Boston during intermission of Noel Coward’s new musical “Sail Away” in 1961.   [AP File]

“I didn’t really understand, until I was an adult, how important her work was,” said Thomas Lloyd, Mellon’s grandson and owner of the Osterville estate.

Lloyd said he started coming to the Oyster Harbors home when he was 4 or 5 years old, in the early 1980s. He and the other children called Mellon “Grand Bunny” (instead of grandma) and enjoyed the flower and vegetable gardens she designed and maintained daily with the help of a gardening crew.