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WIlliam Lyman Philips, 491

Posted By Aubree Driver, Monday, April 21, 2014
Name of Garden: The William Lyman Philips Memorial Garden

Address of Garden:  14450 Boggs Dr. Miami FL, 33176

Dedication essay:

The important influential person that I have decided to create a small garden for is William Lyman Philips. He is an important Floridian, because he spent the majority of his career working to build and embellish the natural Floridian landscape, especially its lush, green plants. Philips helped improve the florida nature by working with the National Park Service, Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Dade County area to try and preserve the natural landscape and to try to prevent overpopulating, and eventually ruining all of the treasures that florida has to offer. In order to experience William Philips’ most famous works, they are held and showcased in Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables. Throughout the apex of his career, Philips created many private and public gardens, which are now owned by families all over the world. A majority of Philips’ work is also located on scenic views, private estates, cemeteries, and campus planning projects.

     Philips’ work with Fairchild Tropical gardens represents his most famous work. In association with the garden, Philips developed original designs, and was able to create a unifying space between the botanical collections of plants into actual enchanting scenes for the public. Moreover, After his work with Dade County concluded, Phillips maintained his association with Fairchild Garden as well as a private practice with numerous public, commercial, institutional, and residential clients. Although his immediate peers recognized the high quality of Phillips’ work, Florida’s isolation limited his profile in the national arena. It has been said that “the range of Philips’ work is extensive”, and even though most people don’t realize it, many artists in the Miami area take inspiration from his work everyday; he is essentially the man who began to mold Miami into what it is today.

In this small garden dedicated to William Philips, there are Blanket seeds that were planted along with natural Floridian wildflowers which are called Smallanthus uvedalius. 

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