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#383 Col.Titus Garden

Posted By Akio Ross, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Col. Titus garden is planted in sawgrass Preserve, which is a native american burial ground. The reason why I decided to plant the garden here is due to the fact that it is a better representation of the people who lived among the Flora years ago.

Floor 500: COL. Henry Titus


The “important Floridian” that I was assigned was Col. Henry Titus.  The reason I am dedicating this garden to him is due to the mere act that I was assigned to do so. Nonetheless he played a vital role in the development of what today is called Titusville in central.  Not to far from Orlando Titusville is the home to many indigenous flowers to Florida, that are not as present as the used to be, due to the development of lands. Native flowers include Amaranth, Milkweed, and tickseed just to name a few.  Col. Henry Titus donated a lot of land to the churches in the area as well as the courthouse, thus destroying a lot of Flora that was in abundance during the time.

Col. Henry Titus, was a believer in slavery and owned slaves himself. He began the process of building Titusville, on land that was owned by his wife. Titusville got its name when Titus beat captain Clark Rice in a game of dominoes, in which the winner got to name the town.

The flower that I decided to plant alongside the seeds that were given to us in class was the Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) which is native to central Florida. This particular plant stood out to me because it reminds me of a sunflower, which is not native to Florida. A lot of Florida’s native plants bring about butterflies as well as many other little creatures that were in abundance long ago. 

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