United States of America, Kansas, Johnson County, Shawnee Mission
Gracie's Garden (Shawnee Mission, Kansas)
Established in 1927, this three-acre garden has over 60 tree varieties, including a grove of weeping Norway. There were no gardens left in 1976. Through the years the owners have tried to plant natural screens, providing privacy, as well as vistas from various windows. The upper gardens include antique and David Austin roses with assorted perennials. The owner added a water garden and lotus pond in 1998. The tennis court was replaced with a pergola and gazebo using the original wrought iron panels from the court. Climbing hydrangeas, roses, and wisteria were planted to soften the iron. Millstones add historic interest to this garden.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: J. H. Revelry (former owner, 1927-?); Robert B. Riss (former owner, 1956-1975); Edward W. Tanner (architect, 1927); Jan Riss (landscape architect, 1976-present); and Fernando Avalos (gardener/consultant, 1995-present).
The folder includes a worksheet, site plan, and plant list.