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GARDEN # 482 Vincent Natulkiewicz known as "Trapper Nelson"

Posted By cristian gaier, Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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. 

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