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455 Paul Albert Dreher

Posted By Gianmichael Alfonso, Monday, April 21, 2014
Paul Albert Dreher Garden

4751 SW 162nd Ave, Miami, FL 33185

I am dedicating this garden to Paul Albert Dreher (1903-1993). He was known as the "Johnny Appleseed" of West palm Beach. He was known for his incredible landscaping skills. He was hired by the City of West Palm Beach in 1932 for 25 cents an hour to "do something" with Flagler Park. He eventually turned the sang site into a lush oasis. Dreher convinced the city in 1951 to buy 108 acres from the State of Florida for $100.00. He later spent ten years turning the swamp into a park by collecting fill, borrowing equipment, rescuing unwanted plants, and digging a network of ponds, which he stocked with some fish. Dreher also built a small red barn, where he put six farm animals he bought with $18.00 of his own funds, and which became the Palm Beach Zoo. The city renamed the area Dreher Park in 1957. Dreher was a hardworking individual who loved what he did and he strived to make a difference and create a better community. He loved trees and said "Anything green that grows is good. You just have to control it." He later retired as the city's park director in 1962. he tried working as a freelance consultant, but that did not work because, he said in an interview, "I gave all my advice away for free." I planted my garden at a new park by my house because its new with a lot of landscaping. I also used a wooded apple to be the sign of Paul Dreher because he was known as the "Johnny Appleseed" of West Palm Beach. I appreciate everything he did for his community and the knowledge that he spread to a lot of people. 

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