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Gardens and landscaped areas represent significant features of the Roanoke Historic District.  The Roanoke Garden Club, sweat and a thriving volunteer spirit among Roanoke homeowners helps to keep the Roanoke Gardens looking beautiful.  The following gardens are maintained by the Roanoke Garden Club and volunteer homeowners.   

Summit Strip (northwest corner of 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway)

In 2001, Kansas City's Roanoke and Volker neighborhoods got together to plan out a beautification project for the area.  The overall plan was a multi-neighborhood effort that intended to continue the 'southwest' theme that was alread present in the Shaughnessy Memorial turnaround (Valentine and Southwest Trafficway) and the Westport covered wagon area (Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway).  A former neighbor and landscape designer with Kissinger and Associates assisted with the overall plan.

The Roanoke Garden Club agreed to take on the Summit Strip portion of the plan. This large space is an entrance point to the neighborhood and its poor condition at the time reflected badly on area.  To finance the costs of the project, the Roanoke Garden Club held a successful fundraiser known as the Azalea Festival to help pay for the landscaping and plants.

To prepare the Summit Strip damaged oak trees, trash and weeds were removed by Roanoke Garden Club volunteers. Kissinger and Associates helped in the creation of a berm in the middle of the strip. The berm was planted with cactus, agave, sedum and other hardy, drought resistant plants designed to minimize watering and provide the Southwest feeling similar to the other areas along the Trafficway. Several tall grasses planted in groups on either side of the berm add to the feeling of the dessert. The plan contains additional features that may be implemented by the Garden Club as time, energy and money allows.

Maintenance of the Summit Strip is provided by Garden Club volunteers.


Traffic Circles

The round planted circles that gracefully and reliably control traffic through the neighborhood were constructed by the city in 1999. The two traffic circles were in response to Roanoke's requests for a method to slow drivers down when passing through the neighborhood. The Roanoke board had studied several alternatives for calming traffic over a period of years and concluded that the circles were the best option.

For a period of about a year after installation, the city insisted on having large directional signs to assist drivers in circling the spots. With time, the traffic circles have been accepted as neighborhood features and the signs have been taken away.

The plantings were designed and installed by Kissinger and Associates. The circles are maintained by Garden Club volunteers.


Entrance Pillars

The pillars were originally constructed in the 1970s by the Roanoke neighborhood to mark the entrances to the neighborhood. They are the responsibility of the neighborhood to repair and maintain. The ornate wrought iron toppers are decorations to the top of each limestone pillar and match the ones on the property along the Roanoke Park.

The entrances were landscaped by the Roanoke Garden Club in 1999, using designs provided by Kissing and Associates. These areas are maintained by Roanoke Garden Club volunteers.


West Roanoke Park

An area on the west side of Roanoke located across from 37th Street and Valentine Road is beginning to be developed by the Garden Club. Three flowering crab trees were planted in the spring of 2003 in memory of a former Garden Club member and contributor, Blanche Carstenson. A bench for contemplation, a raised flower bed and a horseshoe pit have been mentioned as other possible additions.



 This page was last updated on 08/15/08.

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