Trapper Nelson Garden 482
8918 W Flagler St.
Miami, Fl 33174
This garden is dedicated to Vincent Natulkiewicz, known as
"Trapper Nelson." Vincent was
nicknamed "Trapper” due to his ways of living.
By the time he moved to Florida, he had begun a more rustic way of life
deep in the woods near the Loxahatchee River.
Trapper spent his time hunting for his own food, getting to know the
river, and selling fur, to make ends meet, from the animals he would capture
and end up eating as part of his diet.
During the summer, however, Trapper needed to create other means of funding
his lifestyle and he did so by creating and planting his own Zoo and Jungle Garden
(with the help of the wild and exotic animals he had captured). Trapper was even know as the "Tarzan of the
Loxahatchee River” by tourists that would visit his property, both locals and
outsiders alike. They would line up to
watch him wrestle alligators and they would purchase his souvenirs. Eventually his Nelson Trapper’s Zoo and
Jungle Garden closed down. After a few
years he was found dead from a shot wound, which is arguable whether it was
self-inflicted or not. Trapper
surrounded himself with nature and that was enough for him to be happy. Nature is all around us, and most tend to
ignore it, choosing pavement over natural means. Since Trapper had nature in his own backyard
and embraced it, I render a memory of him in my own home garden, where I will
protect the flowers just like he protected his Zoo and Jungle Garden for as
long as he could.