United States of America, Kansas, Johnson County, Shawnee Mission
Roberts Garden (Shawnee Mission, Kansas)
Originally a quarry owned by the J. C. Nichols Company, this site was transformed into a sunken rock garden in 1925 by the landscape architecture firm of Hare & Hare. A spring at one end sent water over rocks into a pool bordered by rock outcroppings and plants. A gazebo and benches were also included in the design. The property was subsequently purchased by Dr. Sam E. Roberts, who constructed a Mediterranean-style mansion, designed by the Texas architectural firm of Ayers & Ayers, overlooking the garden about 1930. In 1978 the then-owners rehabilitated and restored the pool and rock garden area. The property was donated to the city in 1984.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Dr. Sam E. Roberts (former owner, 1926-?); J. C. Nichols Company (former owners, before 1926); Hare & Hare (landscape architects, 1925); and Ayers & Ayers (architects, 1930).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and book excerpts about the garden, and additional information.