Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The garden is planted in Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School
11901 S.W. 2nd Street, Miami, Fl. 33184
Marjory Stoneman Douglass was an unrelenting
reporter, journalist, and writer. She was passionate about the natural
preservation and restoration of South Florida. At the age of 79 she took up the
leading role in the protection of the Everglades. Douglass knew they were a
treasure, and fought against the efforts to drain it and use the land for the
development of new businesses in Florida. Her most powerful written work was
the book The Everglades: River of Grass.
Through this book she proved that the Everglades is a river of life and not a
worthless swamp as many saw it. Her determination earned her the nickname of
“Grande Dame of the Everglades”. She won numerous awards, such as the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was inducted into the National Wildlife
Federation Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
Douglas was honored with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II to whom she gave a
signed copy of her book. Douglass never stopped working for the protection of
the Everglades until her death on May 14, 1998 at the age of 108.
I planted the garden in memory of this
important Floridian at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School located on
SW 2nd Street
Miami, FL. I though of no better location than a public school
named after Marjory herself. The school’s motto is “A Vision of Pride and
Excellence” which I believe is a motto that describes the life and legacy of
Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Credit for Portrait: 5th Grade student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary.