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was very moved, and had been for years, by the planting of
wildflowers, blue bonnets, on the Texas highways.
Now she wants to make Washington a demonstration
area, and I'm going to a meeting next week, on the 17th, the
first meeting of a Washington committee, in the hope that I
can hear what plans there are and what the response is, and also
maybe make some suggestions and maybe even give something to be
planted in her honor. I'm hoping that we can get some jets of
water, fountains, in the reflecting pool in front of the Washington
Monument, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln
Memorial, and that we can get cherry trees planted in that area
and take some of the 65,000 azaleas that belong to the Department
of Agriculture in a botanical garden that none of us have
ever seen, and plant them in front of public buildings and in
high-traffic areas. I suggested to her that we should plant
masses of flowers and flowering trees where masses of people pass,
and she seemed to like this idea. There's no use to plant things
where nobody ever sees them.
Washington lends itself to this sort of thing.
Oh, it's already so beautiful. It already has
the trees; it already has the wonderful man-made vistas. It just
needs to be enhanced.
It's not the most difficult project.
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