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Carrie Abbe (Garden 386)

Posted By Bronte Duvic, Thursday, April 24, 2014

This small community garden is a dedication to Ms. Carrie Abbe, postmistress of Sarasota, Florida in the late 1800s to early 1900s.  The responsibilities of her position required her to make sure that all messages coming into the post office were directed and delivered to their proper points of destination.  She eventually worked her way up to being given managerial duties as well as her postmistress duties.  I thought that it was interesting to learn about her, because, honestly, I did not even know that women were allowed to have such important jobs at the time.  In the garden, I created a structure out of three bricks that is meant to serve as a makeshift mailbox.  It is a delivery system much like the one used at the wall outside of the Casa di Guilietta in Italy--letters can be left in between the bricks and picked out to be read.  The small mailbox figurine placed on top of the brick structure holds instructions of how to use the garden's messaging system, which is of course name after Ms. Carrie Abbe.  It is also included that the garden was done as a part of the "FLOR500 Project".  I hope that the garden sparks enough interest in its visitors to encourage them to learn more about the postmistress and the time she spent serving the community of Sarasota.  I hope that the reader will also decide to take the time to inform themselves about FLOR500 and have the opportunity to learn about others who helped influence Florida's history.

Garden Location:
                Sunset Lakes Park
                4701 SW 40th Street
                Miramar, Fl
                33029

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