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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.

Instructions:
For Title: Enter the NUMBER and NAME of Honoree from list,
For First Image: Enter MAIN Garden photo,
Enter NAME OF GARDEN LOCATION and ADDRESS, then the DEDICATION into post,
Attach additional images: GARDEN PLANTING, ART, ADDITIONAL GARDEN PHOTOS
Add Credit Line for Photos if needed
TO BEGIN SUBMISSION, CLICK BELOW ON ADD NEW POST

 

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394 William Henry Brown

Posted By Shara Johnson, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
William Henry Brown was a trading post owner. He was born in Bristol, England in 1856 and settled in Florida around 1870. "Brown moved his family to Immokalee in the Big Cypress area in order to trade with Seminoles that were currently living there and then moved to place that later became known as the Big Cypress Reservation.” He traded sugar, flour, grits, ammunition, cloth, and beads for alligator skins, otter hides and egret plumes. In the course of his journey around the country to deliver items to the Indians William Brown came cross a lake that had crystal clear cold water and a lot of fish, which he named it Rocky Lake. I am dedicating this garden to the important Floridian William Henry Brown near the lake at Florida International University to represent the fact that he resided near the everglades and because of his discovery of Rocky Lake. Brown was an honorable man who cared for people and went out of his way to trade with the Indians at this time. It is said that it used to take anywhere from 8 to 12 days to make the journey from this post all the way to Fort Myers, but William Henry Brown still traveled that route all the time. Mr. Brown not only brought the Indians supplies but he also let his wife get involved to teach them the use of canned goods, how to use a sewing machine, and how to cook different types of foods. Mr. Brown was a caring man, and he deserves this garden in his memory.

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GARDEN 114 John Gorrie, Physician, Inventor

Posted By Gabrielle Wood, Monday, November 18, 2013

John Gorrie, Physician, Inventor

(1803–1855)

Dr. Gorrie worked in Apalachicola. During outbreaks of yellow fever he sought a way to ease his patients’ suffering by inventing an ice-making machine to cool the air in the room. Many years later, his invention helped to pave the way for modern air conditioning. Gorrie is one of two Floridians honored with a statue in the U.S. Capitol building.



 

Springwood Elementary School
3801 Fred George Road 
Tallahassee, FL  


100 fourth graders at Springwood Elementary School participated in our dedication ceremony. We recited original poetry, planted seeds and flowers, sang Happy Birthday to Florida, and listened while a student's biography about John Gorrie was read aloud. Mrs. Rodriguez spoke about the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon and his crew, and about some of the reasons why Florida is such a great state. A local news crew came out and covered the story. Afterwards, we enjoyed snacking on carrot and celery sticks and cookies.
 
Photo 1: 
Springwood Elementary School's Mrs. Cindy Rodriguez and her 4th Grade students planting their FLOR500 Garden dedicated to Region 2 Historic Figure -John Gorrie. Students planted Coreopsis, Stokes Aster, Indian Blanket Flower.
 
Photo 2:
Springwood Elementary School's Mrs. Cindy Rodriguez and her 4th Grade students wishing Florida a Happy 500th Birthday!  Students planted Coreopsis, Stokes Aster, Indian Blanket Flower.
 
Photo 3:
Portrait of John Gorrie by Charles Foster PD, Florida State Archives

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