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Garden 468 James Jerome "Cracker" Johnson (addition)

Posted By Andrea J. Calcagno, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The main landscaping event was hosted on March 29th and incorporated approximately 900 square feet of sod, native firebush, native silver buttonwood and non-invasive trailing lantana into the front garden. An invasive bamboo was cut down and several bags of debris were removed to open up the front facade of the home. In addition to the main event, Alfredo Nunez and I traveled back to the home to continue the project with an artistic inspired boat-shaped island commemorating Stephan Crane, a Flor500 historic contributor that shipwrecked off the coast of Florida. We were assisted by several neighborhood children and gave them native seeds and terracotta pots to take home to extend the reach of the project. The event participants and the biographies of the Flor500 figures honored in the gardening process have been documented in the event brochures which were copied and left for historic home tours and community event that are hosted at the home. We plan to continue the preservation and restoration work for other areas of the property, both inside and out.

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