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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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Garden 484 Ralph Hubbard Norton, Businessman and Art Collector

Posted By Dyana Cuan-Garcia, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Garden @ Amelia Earhart Park
401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013

The reason why I decided to plant my seeds in Amelia Earhart park is because Ralph Hubbard Norton was an artist and he would collect an extensive amount of art work for more than twenty years.  Norton founded what is now the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach and has been serving the community creatively since 1941. Amelia Earhart is like an art museum in a sense where they’re constantly displaying different “exhibitions” for different occasions. For instance, they host an Easter Eggstravaganza for families to enjoy the day with their children on Easter Sunday. That Eggstravaganza was as thought provoking and creative as an actual piece in an art gallery.  Amelia Earhart also hosts other events that are exhibit like such as Christmas events, annual fireworks for New Years and Independence Day, along with birthdays on the daily for whoever decides to host a birthday there.

Amelia Earhart Park also is like an art gallery in the sense where they have many activities to do throughout the park such as a petting zoo, kayaking, mountain biking, and volleyball, among many others. Attendees constantly go to the park as a form of a creative outlet. For instance, some people shoot photos; write novels, or journals, paint, or draw, etc. In essence, the park is like the Norton Museum where both locations are a cultural attraction for visitors and locals.

All in all, planting the seeds in Amelia Earhart in honor of Ralph Hubbard Norton was a great decision. Many people will appreciate the fact that his garden is planted there. The correlation between the park and his gallery are indubitably appropriate for this Flor 500 project. It will make many people happy once they walk past the growing garden.


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