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GARDEN 466: Ernest Hemingway

Posted By Rebeca Delfino, Sunday, December 1, 2013

Garden Name: Blossoming Youth 

Address: My Little Genius Daycare- 4466 Weston Road Davie, FL

Ernest Hemingway was an American author, Nobel Prize winner, and famous journalist who transformed 20th-century fiction. Born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, Hemingway started his career as a writer at the age of seventeen writing for newspaper office in Kansas City. Known as classic American Literature, Hemingway published a total of seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, Hemingway is considered one of the most important American writers of his time and has had inexplicable literary influence through generations of writers. Committing suicide at the young age of 61, the revolutionary writer died July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho.            

Discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1513, Key West is known for its colorful and vivacious surroundings. Key West is also known as Isle of Bones given the presence of Indian battlefield or burial ground remains. Becoming part of American territory in 1821, the Keys economically prospered due to fishing and salvaging wrenched nearby ship. Valued by visitors and tourist, Key West was home to Ernest Miller Hemingway. Residing in a colonial style mansion, Hemingway wrote many of his most important works in Key West, where he cared for more than 40 cats.            

Considered an important Floridian, Ernest Hemingway nurtured the artistic development of Florida given his active involvement in literature as a Key West resident. The revolutionary writer helped shaped the touristic culture of Florida by living in Key West while writing his last literacy works. As a tourist "must-see” while in Key West, Hemingway’s colonial style house is now exhibited as a museum. As part of the Flor 500 project, I decided to plant a garden in honor of such an important Floridian. Located in Davie, Florida, I arranged to plant the garden at my Nephew daycare with the objective to promote education and the development literacy awareness. My Little Genius is a daycare dedicated to the educational development of toddlers through interactive activities. This daycare is very involved in teaching kids to read and encourage fun involvement in literacy. Given that the daycare’s owner is a family friend, I planted the garden in the daycare’s playground where it is surrounded by an already seeded yard.    


Cassetta, Fabrizio. Ernest Hemingway Watercolor Portrait.1. 2012. Ernest Hemingway Paintings, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fine Art America. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.

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