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Garden 342: Lawrence Bernard Brown, Businessman

Posted By Stephen Mitchell, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Name of Garden: L.B.B Garden
Address: 3200 S.E. Southbend Blvd., Port st. Lucie, FL 34984

The late Lawrence Bernard Brown, a productive businessman and visionary, became one of the most influential African Americans of his time. Born just 9 years prior to the abolishment of slavery, Brown was an entrepreneur of sorts with many occupations. These occupations included: Bible salesman, carpenter, and his most notable occupation, real estate developer. He was known for building some of the most beautiful homes in his home town of Bartow, Florida; including his own home, which has now become a historical landmark and museum. His keen eye for developing homes has contributed to the overall elegance of that small town in Polk County and continues to inspire modern real-estate developers and residents. Browns beautiful wife, Anna Belle Brown, also had a vision for elegance and it is believed that she inspired the interior decoration of their astonishing household. This just goes to show how artistically motivating Brown was to be around.

I dedicated this garden to Mr. Brown in hopes that his vision for creating artistic and extravagant homes will continue to inspire future generations of young entrepreneurs. I chose to plant this garden in Port. St. Lucie, Florida, specifically Jessica Clinton Park, due to the rise in development of the community and also because it is my home town as well. Being a resident of this community, I feel that it is in need of much growth and community involvement and this project is just one of the many steps towards creating that involvement for the present and the future.  Buried along with these Florida wildflowers is small construction hat that I felt was fitting to commemorate this inspiring individual.

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