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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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FLOR500 Garden 371- Jim Morrison

Posted By Vania C. Vieta, Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Jim Morrison

(Dec. 8,1943-July 3, 1971)

Address of Garden:

Near 117th ave and at the corner of 45 st.*see pic 5* (you will see Two palm Trees)

*Gps on the iphone: 11601-11683 sw 45 st, miami, fl,33165 united states.*

As much as I wish to say I was a fan of Jim Morrison before this project, I can only to claim to have loved the song "people are strange".  Now having done this project- I find that he is beyond what I could have thought of. A brilliant mind that no one took seriously; or as serious as they should have taken his words.  However, he was a revolution waiting to happen, had he not died of drugs or "natural causes".  His life was rather nomadic having been born into a militaristic family, which his own life as a rock star mirrored the constant moving. He had a very wide sense of love- and an even wider sense of sex.  His life was built on the base of being true to himself, a base of which he had been quoted for others to do the same. He lived against the current, and made his own path- and with this project he became my hero.
I grow this garden for him, because he was an individual that deserves a monument in his name- but a garden fits him better. As he was wanted in Dade, and it is where he shined the most with being himself after showing "himself" in front of an Audience at his concert; this garden will be planted near the busiest roads. Signifying his life with people passing through it, but he's off to the side, away from the mainstream of everyday life- and being in his own realm.

"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind."- Jim Morrison

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