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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.

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344 Charles Grover Burgoyne, The Businessman

Posted By Najari M. Murrell, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Burgoyne Garden
Garden Location: FIU Jogging Path (Temporarily)

Behind the Businessman

            What exactly does it take to become a truly successful businessman? Members in society ponder this question everyday just to figure out the answer. For Charles Grover Burgoyne, he did more than just figure out the answer, he showed that he proved that he was indeed a successful businessman. At the age of fourteen Charles G. Burgoyne did more than what your average fourteen does now; Charles G. Burgoyne entered the Civil War as a Union Soldier. At the age of twenty-eight, Charles G. Burgoyne moved to New York City where he made lots of money within the printing company and also married his third wife Mary Therese MacCauley. (FindAGrave) Soon after, Charles and his wife moved to Daytona in 1894, where he became mayor and helped shaped Daytona as a popular residential and tourist destination. Charles threw many parties, celebrations, and also held events for the children. Because of all this, I am dedicating my garden site to Charles Grover Burgoyne. He was a successful businessman who helped shaped Florida into what it is today.

            The Blanket Flower seeds, which are planted alongside the jogging path of Florida International University is there as a reminder for individuals that they do make matter. I believe that’s what Charles Grover Burgoyne would want, is for all of us in society to feel like we belong and matter. Charles Burgoyne did more in his time than anyone could have imagined, all his hard work and perseverance changed one of Florida’s major cities. Daytona most certainly would not be the city it is today without the Businessman, Charles Grover Burgoyne.

Above is the link to the website that was created for Charles Grover Burgoyne. All information was retrieved from Flor500 and FindAGrave. There were no for sure images of Charles G. Burgoyne to my knowledge. Any questions or concerns please email me at

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414 Fanneal Harrison

Posted By Nathalia Gonzalez, Monday, April 21, 2014

A Tribute to Education 

Location: 5925 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

As a recognized educator in the early 1900s, it would only seem appropriate to dedicate my garden to Ms. Fanneal Harrison in grounds that symbolize her efforts towards education.

Not only was Ms. Harrison a recognized educator, but she, along with Ms. Catherine Gavin, were the sole founders of the Out-Of-Door-School in Sarasota, FL.  This school was not like any ordinary school in the 1920s, it focused solely on an outdoor curriculum that enhanced a student’s knowledge towards the outside world.  With her medical training in the University of Michigan, her health camps for undernourished children in France, and many other credentials, Ms. Harrison found it fit to create a “place where physical, mental and spiritual development of the child may be normal joyous.”

The location I have chosen to plant my garden honoring Ms. Fanneal Harrison is at an early education school called Tiny Blocks Prechool in Coconut Creek, FL.  The reason I have chosen that school among many other schools in Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County is because Tiny Blocks is known within the educational community as one of the top schools that provide manipulative outdoor activities as part of their learning curriculum year-round. Recognized by the Coconut Creek Award Program, Tiny Blocks Preschool hold activities such as Sand Play, Outdoor Water play, along with many other recreational activities that promote what Ms. Fanneal Harrison promoted in her school programs.  An early school programs explained the teaching atmosphere at Out-of-Door School: "These teachers are not forcing children what grown-ups think the children ought to know; they are helping the children to find out what the children themselves want to know."  That is exactly what the educators at Tiny Blocks Preschool believe.  With these Indian Blanket flowers, alongside some other accent flowers to highlight their colors and a vibrant themes, Tiny Blocks Preschool and the public will be able to exhibit a symbol of the foundations of their beliefs of a creative outlook towards early childhood education.

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