My British Mother-in-Law was just here for a visit and was eager to see the garden. My husband and I took her over to the garden one Sunday and like all garden-lovers she was full of compliments, curiousity and culling fingers - weeds beware!
As she yanked weeds she told us that the White House garden was often mentioned on their newsprograms. As you can imagine, gardening is a popular activity in England. The English are well known for their lush, rolling countryside. They also have "allotments" - small parcels of land that individuals can rent from the government to grow food crops. The concept of allotments are popular throughout Europe and Scandanavia. To learn more about allotments follow this link: http://www.allotment.org.uk/articles/Allotment-History.php