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Garden 343: Charles Wilhem Bulow

Posted By Cristina Moya, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden 343: The Charles Wilhem Bulow Garden

5300 NW 102nd Ave
Doral, FL 33178

            A garden is a sign of growth, fertility, and consciousness. I believe gardens are a sacred place produced as a labor of love. It is a way of bringing new life and new beauty into the world so when I was assigned to plant a garden as a part of the FLOR500 project, I was immediately enthralled. As a part of the FLOR500 project, I had to dedicated the garden to an important Floridian. My Floridian is none other than the short lived merchant and plantation owner, Charles Wilhem Bulow! What better way to honor a landowner than with a small piece of bountiful land?

            Although Charles Wilhem Bulow was born in South Carolina, he spent most of his time in Florida due to the plantation he established just 40 miles south of St. Augustine. During his lifetime, the Bulow Plantation was in its prime and often related to wealth and success, so much so that the town surrounding the plantation was named Bulowville and is still referred to as that to this day. Unfortunately though Charles got infected with the yellow fever only three years after his prosperous plantation was established. He did not survive and was buried in St. Augustine, FL in 1823 at the age of 44. The plantation was inherited by his son whom kept it prospering until his unfortunate death and the Seminole Indian War outbreak in 1835. All that is left now are the ruins of the Bulow Plantation which are seen as a national park and museum today. I dedicated my garden to this Bulow because he is an important part of Floridian history and has made a tremendous mark in our state that could be seen to this day.

Credit for Bulow portrait:
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/154978

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