The White House garden has been many things to many people: For President Jackson, it was an orange grove. For President Taft, it was a place for his milk cow to graze. In 1913, President Wilson's wife first planted roses, and it wasn't until President Kennedy took office that the garden became the site of official ceremonies. Now, millions of visitors take in the springtime blooms in the White House Rose Garden, which is filled not only with roses but also Katharine crabapples, tulips and over 40 commemorative trees planted by different presidents and first ladies. For more information on the White House Rose Garden, visit www.whitehouse.gov/history/life/.
"GMA's" Weekend Window finished off its anchor hometown series by visiting Kate Snow's hometown of Burnt Hills, N.Y. In the small upstate town near the famous racetrack in Saratoga Springs, you can still find farms, apple orchards, 200-year-old homes and clapboard churches. And in the fall, when the leaves change and the nearby hills are ablaze with color, you can still stop by local farms and pick up a gallon of fresh apple cider and a block of sharp cheddar cheese. You can find out more about Burnt Hills and the Saratoga region at www.hometownlocator.com/City/Burnt-Hills-New-York.cfm.
Like Rodney Dangerfield, "GMA" news anchor Ron Claiborne's hometown of Oakland, Calif., gets no respect. Sitting in the shadow of its glitzier and more famous neighbor, San Francisco, Oakland has been scorned, ridiculed -- and maybe worse -- ignored. But Oakland is a bustling seaport city of 400,000 people with great ethnic restaurants, parks, culture, civic pride -- not to mention the home of the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland A's and their fans. For more information on Oakland, visit www.oaklandnet.com.
"GMA's" Weekend Window visited weekend anchor Bill Weir's hometown of Aspen, Colo. Long before the mountain town became a hideaway for bohemians and billionaires, it was a boom-and-bust mining town. Locals and jet-setters alike love this corner of the Rockies for the beautiful views, amazing skiing and Wild West history. For more information on Aspen, Colo., visit www.aspenchamber.org or www.aspenhistory.org.
"GMA's" Weekend Window visited weekend anchor Marysol Castro's hometown of the Bronx. The New York City borough is home to 1.3 million people -- more than the states of Wyoming and South Dakota combined. The Bronx is home to the Yankees and a famous zoo. And the Bronx has turned out bastions of art, culture, politics and entertainment -- including Colin Powell, 50 Cent, Al Pacino and Jennifer Lopez. If you want more information on the bustling borough, visit www.ilovethebronx.com
"GMA's" Weekend Window toured Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park covers two states -- Tennessee and North Carolina -- and over half a million acres of forest. The Great Smoky Mountains has it all -- magnificent moutaintop views, lush valleys, wildlife, waterfalls and history. For more information on the park, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/