Garden 451- Arthur Vining Davis
10000 SW 82 Avenue, Miami, FL, 33156
Photo Credit of Mr. Davis portrait to Sir William Orpen in 1919
When Mr. Davis died in 1962, he was one of the most respected businessmen in the Southeastern United States and the fifth richest man in America. He was an innovative and successful contributor to American industrial growth and Florida land development. He invested in land and other enterprises such as banks, airlines, shipping companies, and hotels. Davis is not just an important man but an influential one as well. He started with no money and no stock in the company and worked his way up. When he was in charge, the company (Alcoa) dominated the aluminum industry.
Although he was an ungenerous man alive, after his death he left behind the majority of his money to a trust he had established in 1953 and to Arvida (from ARthur VIning DAvis) a model town he had founded in 1927 for working families. Currently, there is The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations that provides financial assistance to educational, religious, cultural, and scientific institutions, and are regular PBS donors. Davis had joined what TIME called “the most distinguished club in U.S capitalism” -- the founders of vast philanthropic foundations.
The reason why I’m planting this garden is so that, just like Davis, this plant will start from the bottom and grow to dominate the park in botanical wildlife. It is also to display Mr. Davis’s legacy and influence any of the children who play in the park that if they work hard enough they can be just as successful and make Florida a better place.