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384 Andrew Turnbull

Posted By galia rotter, Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Andrew Turnbull Garden
Location: 433 center island, Golden Beach. Florida. 33160

I am dedicating my garden to Andrew Turnbull, a businessman from Scotland ( born in 1718 and died in 1792) who helped bring 1403 Greeks, Minorcan and Italian settlers to the colony of St Augustine, Florida by ship.

My garden is located in a public space at the town of Golden Beach, Florida, it is planted near a beautiful ocean to help remember this special man and the hard work that he embraced by sailing all those people through the sea. Although 144 passengers died in the way due to sea sickness, he managed to get the rest safely to land where they found new beginnings.

My seeds were planted near the water to represent the vessels that came to Florida with his help and effort. I also picked this spot for my garden because there are many constructions in this town right now and that means new form of life and a fresh start, and that is exactly what Turnbull gave this men when they arrived in Florida.

My garden is surrounded by other different plants with the purpose of enacting the diverse communities that boarded Andrew's ship.

On top of my creation I put a picture of Andrew Turnbull for everyone to understand that I am doing this is his memory, and next to it, there is a poem written by Cooper and Romagnoli called "Thrill" which I love because it expresses a lot of feelings that I am supposing that Turnbull was sensing during his time in the ship and it is a form of inspiration for all of us.

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