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John Kunkel Small 494

Posted By alisha henfield, Thursday, December 12, 2013

 LITTLE RASCAL'S GARDEN- 12499 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

I am dedicating this wildflower garden to the late botanist and author, John Kunkel Small. Throughout his life Mr. Small did his best to not only bring to life the state of Florida’s ecosystem but to encourage preservation as well. His book "From Eden to Sahara” received mass acclaim for bringing to light the rapidly declining state of South Florida’s plant life. Despite this, Small valued family above all else, specifically his children. A majority of his excursions out to the Everglades involved his wife and children. Small would explore the everglades via boat or jeep and bring along his wife, Elizabeth along with his children, George, Kathryn, Elizabeth and John. Small saw this as an opportunity to bring environmental issues and their importance to the younger generation.  Because of this I got the idea to plant the wildflower garden at a school, not a high-school or a university but a pre-school. I saw this as an opportunity to keep Small’s essence alive and introduce a new generation to botany. I saw children as the perfect people to assist with the planting of this garden because they were eager to learn and would jump at the chance to get their hands dirty. The garden was planted in the playground area of the preschool; after the planted was finished the children washed up and painted pictures of what they hoped the wildflowers would look like. The children would later take the pictures home to share with their families but before that I gave them a brief explanation of botany and why it was important to take care of our plant-life.  

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