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FLOR500 invites 500 schools and libraries from across the state's 67 counties plant 500 wildflower gardens and dedicate them to one of 500 important Floridians (selected by a team of historians) featured on this website. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop skills in art, history, and nature as they participate in celebrating 500 years of Florida.

Review the FLOR500 list of featured honorees in the their region and select a historic figure they want to honor when they plant their public wildflower garden.

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Garden 326: Joseph D. Stringfellow, Plantation Owner

Posted By Lauren N. Lospalluto, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Joseph D. Stringfellow, Plantation Owner


Joesph Stringfellow was one of the largest planters in the state of Florida. He came to Alachua County in 1856 and settled west of Gainesville at Fort Clark and developed the Stringfellow Plantation.

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Louise Kelley Frisbie, Author

Posted By Cecilia C. Villaescusa, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Louise Kelley Frisbie, Author 


Louise Kelley Frisbie was born in 1913 in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from Florida Southern College in 1935 at the young age of 22, she moved to Bartow, a city in Polk County, Florida. At the Summerlin Institute, now known as Bartow High School is where she spent most of her days working with the staff for three years before she joined her husband as a staff member in the Polk County Democrat.

Louise Kelley Frisbie, wrote a series of articles on Fort Meade, and it inspired her to write a historical column called “Pioneers”, which then steered her to write three books relating to Florida history, titled Peace River Pioneers, Yesterday’s Polk County, and Florida’s Fabled Inns. In 1972, the governor at the time Reubin Askew appointed her to the Polk County Historical Commission, where she worked for 16 years. During that time, she was one of the founding members of the Polk County Historical Association and the First editor of its quarterly. Because of her hard work and dedication to preserving local history, in 1976, she was honored by the Florida Senate.

Louise Kelley Frisbie, died in 1989, and her Great Floridian Plaque is located at the Polk County Democrat Building, 190 South Florida Avenue, Bartow. She was a distinguished historian and prodigious collector of photographs. Her large collection of images can be seen at with over 900 images dated between 1910 and 1950, they all consist of areas in Polk County, Winter Haven, and Bartow, as well as all over Florida. All the photos were collected by Frisbie, but many of the pictures were taken by a professional photographer in Winter Haven throughout the early twentieth century by the name of Robert Dahlgren. The photos can also be viewed at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. They comprise of photographs of children, men and women as well as pictures of houses, hotels and companies.

Louise Kelley Frisbie is being honored for her dedication and accomplishments in the State of Florida. At South Dade Regional Library, a garden has been planted in her honor. I choose a library for her garden because of her love of writing, history and photography; so what better place than a place where all of her favorite things are located.


South Dade Regional Library

10750 SW 211 St. • 305-233-8140
Commission District 8

Louise Frisbie and Ed Brooks at site of Payne's Creek Indian uprising - Wauchula, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Standing L-R: Mrs. S. Lloyd Frisbie (Marguerite), Mrs. Loyal Frisbie (Louise), Mrs. Dorothy Brooks, S. Lloyd Frisbie, and Lennox Barnes.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Presentation of award to Louise Frisbie - Lakeland, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,


Frisbie Collection. (2014, April 15). Retrieved from Florida Memory Division of Library & Information Services:

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GARDEN 213 Jack Eckerd, Businessman, Philanthropist

Posted By Iliana M. Ulfe, Friday, April 25, 2014

NAME OF GARDEN: Garden #213
11761 SW 91st Terrace, Miami, FL 33186

I am dedicating this garden to Jack Eckerd, the “Important Floridian” that I was assigned, for various reasons. First and foremost, Jack Eckerd was extremely passionate about helping troubled and at-risk children, whether he was running for a Florida senate seat or shutting down casino gambling. Second, it is because of this passion that Mr. Eckerd not only founded, but also endowed, The Eckerd Family Foundation, which is also referred to as “Eckerd,” with $100 million. As just one example of the great work that “Eckerd” does, according to “Eckerd’s,” website, it publicly funds five offices that offer prevention services (Character Education; Substance Abuse Prevention; and Violence Prevention services) in Florida alone. These offices serve students who attend Coquina Elementary School; Endeavour Elementary School; Parrot Middle School; Inverness Middle School; Lecanto Middle School; and Powell Middle School. Furthermore, “Eckerd” also publicly funds three offices that offer community-based services and two offices that offer aftercare services – and, again, that’s only in Florida. “Eckerd” has facilities and offices in six other states – Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Vermont – as well. Third, Mr. Eckerd unfortunately passed away ten years ago. Fourth, according to Robert Trigaux, who wrote an online article posted to the Tampa Bay Times website on July 19th, 2010, “Eckerd” ran out of money in 2012. More importantly, the foundation plans to close its doors no later than this year (2014). In other words, this garden will hopefully become yet another part of Mr. Eckerd’s vast legacy.

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Unknown. Candidate for governor of Florida, Jack Eckerd, giving two thumbs-up. 1970. General: Political collection, Florida. Florida Memory. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

Please be advised that not all of my photos of the planting process have been attached as additional thumbnails to this blog post (as I believe that my original post didn’t post, haha, due to the fact that I had attached too many additional images to it). If you would like to see the rest of the photos that I took while I was planting the garden, you may visit (as is, including capitalization).

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469 - Harry Kelsey

Posted By Tre Caldwell, Friday, April 25, 2014

I was quite eager to research the historical figure that I was assigned to. Harry Seymour Kelsey is arguably credited with creating Florida’s first community. He was the president of Waldorf Systems, Inc. which was a nationwide restaurant chain. Kelsey completely revolutionized the Florida cities as we know them; the first city in this area was actually known as Kelsey City (which later went on to hold several titles including The Miracle City of Florida, a New City in the Making, and is now known as Lake Park). I definitely felt that planting a garden dedicated to Mr. Kelsey was necessary providing what he was able to accomplish for the Palm Beach area and another large portion of south Florida. He used the money that he received from selling his restaurant business into land investment, acquiring an estimated 60,000 acres. The Kelsey administration used this land to build up resorts (golf), and farms including dairy and other agricultural opportunities. Also nurseries and parks were built in order to make the community feel complete. Many of its inhabitants, believed that the town was “ideal” and seemed to serve every need and just about every want that the townspeople had. I was interested to see that the Town Hall committee used flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees to rejuvenate the community after so much devastation had been experienced. Even after the devastating hurricane of 1928 and the stock market crash of 1929, the city was able to rebuild and prosper again; and they used flowers as a starting point. Planting these southern flower seeds in order to bring remembrance and raise awareness was the least I could do to show appreciation for the historic Harry Kelsey and Kelsey City.

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Morris Lapidus Garden 470

Posted By Nathaniel Y. Candelario, Friday, April 25, 2014

Nathaniel Candelario


Morris Lapidus


            Morris Lapidus was a famous architect in the Miami area of Florida. He came from Ukraine and fell in love with Miami. He is most known for designing the Fontainebleau because it is arguable the most elegant building he designed but he is also credited with designing Eden Roc and The Americana Hotels. Among these amazing feats he designed he designed Lincoln Road into a pedestrian mall where people can eat, drink, and relax by the South Beach. Since he was a young child, he called Miami his home. He has shaped and helped to sculpt the Miami skyline to what it is today. He truly is an important Floridian.

            Because he lived in Miami most of his life, I figured it would only be right to plant a garden in his honor in his hometown, Miami. I went to the North Beach Community Garden and was able to plant a few wildflowers of assorted colors. I specifically chose flowers with a pastel shade to them. I have teal and orange flowers to incorporate a "Miami" feel to it because he grew up there and influenced the city both physically and historically. He is truly an artist who used his talents to shape an entire city. His designs attract tourists from all around the world. Everyone has gone to South Beach and walked through Lincoln Road. Most people do not know that it was designed by one man, Morris Lapidus. That is why I planted a garden in his honor. So the public can appreciate the impact of his art and architecture. 

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