National Geographic : 1953 Mar
5 National Geographic Society 313 Kodachrome by National Geographic Photographer Justin Locke Boy and Girl Share the Beauty of Flowers and Forest Giants in Cypress Gardens Dark waterways of Cypress Gardens date from colonial times. Originally they were part of a reservoir system for the irrigation of rice fields on Dean Hall Plantation, near Charleston. Abandoned more than a century ago, the reservoir became a forest of towering cypress trees. Benjamin R. Kittredge, father of Dean Hall's present owner, converted the swamp into a 250-acre garden. Workmen built footpaths and planted shrubs. Most visitors tour the gardens in boats paddled by guides. Atamasco lilies line the pathway; azaleas bloom in the background.