Commissioned in 1926, Route 66 stretched 2,448 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois to California's Pacific coast. What better way to discover something of the diversity of America's natural landscape -- and the diversity of landscaping plants and decor exhibited by Americans across the fruited plain -- than to drive the "Main Street of America" from start to finish? That's just what we did in October, 2009, even though it meant piecing historic Route 66 together across eight states (it was decommissioned in 1985) using special maps and Tom Snyder's Route 66 Traveler's Guide.
As a landscaping enthusiast, I drove Route 66 with camera at the ready, poised to record in pictures any scenes that I felt captured the essence of the states through which I passed. The result is the gallery of landscaping pictures that follows.