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Published on Nov 15, 2010
Iowa State College landscape architecture professor Philip Elwood takes students on a tour of the southern and eastern United States. The first stop is Kansas City where they visit the War Memorial, the country club section where they see stone houses in the old section, small parks at street intersections designed by Hare and Hare, private homes, gardens, and a swimming pool with bath house also designed by Hare and Hare, a small swimming pool in a park and neighborhood shops in an attractive setting.
From there they traveled to Hot Springs National Park and the Ozarks in Arkansas and then to Natchez, Mississippi where they see the old rear wheel riverboat "Tennessee Belle" unloading flour sacks. In Natchez they also view old homes and gardens, crepe myrtle in bloom on lower slopes along the river and along streets, the old plantation home "Brandon," and typical sunken roadways nearby.
From there it is on to Uncle Sam's Ranch near New Orleans, Audubon Park with its great swimming pool, the towers of Tulane University, and the great live oaks. In New Orleans they also visit Audubon Place, cross the Mississippi by boat, and see shipping board craft abandoned after the war.
They then travel to "Oak Lawn Garden" near Franklin; "Shadows on the Teche," home of the painter Weeks Hall; visit the Aviary Island bird sanctuary and the home of the owner; the old plantation manor house in St. Francesville,"Rose Dawn" with it's French treillage garden house and entrance gateway; the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; and, construction of the new state house.