A.B. Michael Garden, 13760 sw 160
lane Miami, FL.
This Garden is dedicated to the late A.B.
Michael and there contribution to our state. The Michael family came to the
Indian River area in the 1880s and planted citrus on the island (Orchid
Island). Alfred operated a trading schooner on the river in the early years and
then opened a general store. He consolidated his holdings in citrus with others
to form the Deerfield Groves and helped organize the Indian River Citrus League
and the Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland. He was instrumental in marketing and
branding the "Indian River Citrus” labeling and was voted the "Dean
of Citrus.” Because of all the great contributions the Michael family gave to
our state I would be honored to name this garden after him.
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