THE REMINGTON ROCK
Landscape design by Melvin D. Epp
President, Frederick Remington Area Historical Society
Honorary Master Gardener, Sedgwick County
 

As the sun rises in the east, the pastel colors of the Abelia and ‘Tiger Eyes’ Sumac reflect the radiant colors of the morning sky behind the grasses on the right. The Northern Sea Oats and the Big Bluestem towards the front depict the Kansas prairies that Frederick Remington learned to know in the 1880s. All these plants are represented once, twice, or three times, to portray the immigrant’s knowledge and comfort with those numbers.

At the conclusion of the day, the sun sets with hues of red. This portends good weather tomorrow. The four ‘Concorde’ barberry bushes reflect the color of a beautiful sunset and the number “four” pays tribute to the spiritual significance of that number to Native Americans.

In the front left is a variegated grass—green and white. The prairie grasses are no longer only green. The white immigrants have put their imprint on all prairie grasses and this variegated manna grass embodies the impact of the settlement of Europeans in the countryside adjacent to the Rock during the 1870s and following.