Sunday, October 10, 2004

Ladybird Johnson

Driving out to Skyline Drive this weekend we passed columns of wildflowers planted along the interstate highway. This is the work of Ladybird Johnson, who persuaded Texas to plant native wildflowers along their highways. In addition to their exquisite beauty, they save taxpayers millions of dollars in mowing fees and all the states have copied Texas.

They used to joke that Jackie Kennedy redecorated the White House, but that Ladybird Johnson’s beautification program redecorated the country. It is no joke, she has redecorated the country.

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