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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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340: Edwin Binney

Posted By Alexander Robinson, Saturday, December 14, 2013

Address: 4211 SW 28th Street West Park, FL

Edwin Binney           

This garden was planted in the honor of Mr. Edwin Binney simply because he was a great businessman and Community leader.  Mr. Binney was born in Westchester County, New York in 1866. Back in 1885 Edwin took over the operations of the Peeksill Chemical Co., his father's business, a company that produced natural gas, and was also the largest manufacturer of carbon black, which was eventually used to color automobile tires.  In 1900, along with his cousin C. Harold Smith, Edwin Binney opened a mill in Easton, Pennsylvania to produce slate pencils for schools.  Binney began experimenting with a combination of old slate waste, cement, and talc, and Binney & Smith created the first dustless white chalk.

They soon saw the need for affordable wax crayons, and in 1903 Binney & Smith produced the first box of eight Crayola crayons. Alice Binney Edwin's wife, joined the French word "craie" or chalk, and "ola" short for oleaginou or oily, as they are made from a petroleum based wax.  In 1911 the Binney family was living in St. Lucie County located in Florida.  Edwin at one time owned 1,000 acres of citrus groves in the area, which was then called Fort Pierce Farms.  Mr. Binney was an avid sportsman and fisherman.  He was a community activist, and had a dramatic impact on our St. Lucie County. 

    Edwin showed himself to be a friend of the community on many occasions.  The most noteworthy would probably be his vision, in 1919, to have Fort Pierce become a port and an inlet.  By his actions this was accomplished by 1922, complete with a refrigerated terminal for holding fruit and the Fort Pierce Inlet.

So I planted this garden in memory of Edwin Binny at a house for rehabbing children because Mr. Binny was a pillar in his community constantly trying to help people and make things better.

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486 - Alfred Browning Parker

Posted By Jason Gibson, Friday, December 6, 2013


7512 W McNab Rd, North Lauderdale, FL 33068


Alfred Browning Parker, Architect

Photographer: Albert Coya/Miami Herald Staff; 1/2/1972

Copyright: The Miami Herald Album ID: 1006040 Photo ID: 29545109


Alfred Browning Parker, a World War II postwar modernist architect, was born on September 24, 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts but moved soon after to Coral Gables, Florida. During his lifetime, he was emeritus professor at the University Of Florida School Of Architecture, his Alma Mater. After he began his practice in the early 1940's in south Florida, he rapidly gained popularity for his modernist style. This was due to his designs and craftsmanship of numerous residences, primarily in the Greater Miami area.

During the 1950's, House Beautiful—the primary architecture magazine—dedicated an entire issue once a year to one house that they chose as house of the year. Four of Mr. Parker's residences were featured in this issue, more than any other architect. In 2006, Wall Paper* magazine chose Parker's Miami Woodsong residence as one of their "Top 10 Houses of the World." It was the only house chosen in North America.

Alfred Browning Parker was highly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. Mr. Parker's buildings used local materials that work with the climate, allowing them to embrace their environment. As a result, he received an additional title and was also known as "The Original Tropical Architect.” Well known for his residences, Parker has designed over 6,400 projects during his life time, ranging from major projects such as the Miami Marina to Tropex-Pansible, a low-income modular housing design.

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