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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
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340 Edwin Binney

Posted By Alexander Robinson, Friday, December 13, 2013

Edwin Binney   

Garden at :4181 SW 20th Street West Park Florida 33023         

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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