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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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GARDEN 382 Dr. Howard Thurman, Civil Rights Leader

Posted By Gabriela Roque-Velasco, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Epiphany Catholic School

5557 SW 84 Street 

Miami, FL 33143



Dr. Howard Thurman, November 18, 1899-April 10, 1981, born in Daytona Beach Florida. A self made man graduated with honors from Morehouse College and the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Thurman extended his ministry by serving as Director of Religious Life at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He was selected as the first dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University.

Throughout his career, Thurman traveled heading missionary trips. One of his most memorable was a meeting with Mahatma Ghandi, where Ghandi told him he regretted not having made nonviolence more visible as a practice worldwide and suggested some American black men would succeed where he had failed. He left his post at Howard University, to establish the Church of the Fellowship of All People in San Francisco, the first racially integrated church in the United States. Dr. Thurman was invited to Boston University, and became the first black person to be named tenured Dean of chapel at a majority white university.

A prolific writer, Thurman wrote about 20 books of ethical and cultural criticism. His books influenced leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, such as Martin Luther King Jr. He later served as spiritual advisor to Martin Luther king Jr. Howard Thurman left a legacy. Thurman was named honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Saint john Divine. He was named one of the 50 most important figures in African-American history. Life magazine named him one of the 12 most important religious leaders in the United States. 

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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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379 Caroline P. Rossetter

Posted By Francisco Rivero, Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rossetter Garden 

1601 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, 33132

The person that was given to me for this project was a women by the name of Caroline Postel Rossetter. Known as Carrie, she was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1898.  Her mother, Ella Maude Rogerio, was born in Palatka, Florida and is descended from early Minorcan families living in and around St. Augustine. Her father, James Wadsworth Rossetter, was an agent for the Florida East Coast Railroad, and a partner in the Indian River and Lake Worth Fishing Company. According to rossetterhousemuseum.orgJames W. Rossetter passed away in 1921. Carrie, the oldest of her siblings, had been working with her father for a number of years and decided to take over her father's oil agency. At the tender age of twenty-three, Caroline had assumed the responsibilities that had rested on the shoulders of her late father. She worked hard in the first few years to keep the oil agency and to make enough commission to help support her family (mother, younger sister and three younger brothers). This was during the difficult economic period which led to the Great Depression. Carrie was the first woman to hold the position of oil agent in one of the largest companies in America, but that is not her only accomplishment in the business. She also remained in that position for 62 years. Caroline Rossetter built some of the first gasoline stations in South Brevard and was the sole distributor of oil to the Banana River Naval Air Station's civilian air force during the Second World War. Caroline also continued her father's interests in the areas of both cattle and citrus. To give tribute to Caroline I went to the downtown area of Miami and found a local garden within the busy city. I felt that having a garden surrounded by companies and fast growing business, embodies the spirit of Caroline and her hard working mentality.  

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Garden 405 Josephine Cortes

Posted By Cesar Gaviria, Sunday, April 20, 2014
Flagami Elementary School
920 SW 76th Ave
Miami, FL 33144

Josephine O. Cortes, a Journalist, publisher, and Pioneer. An adoptive Floridian, who always cared for her neighbors, friends and the entire community of Englewood Florida. Originally  working for
the United States Office of Education in Washington D.C. Josephine moved to Englewood with her son and daughter, where she would find her true home. She was a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, helped establish The Elsie Quirk Public Library, as well as the Englewood Herald, and she is the founder of “Pioneer Days” a yearly celebration in Englewood celebrating the founders of the small town. She was described as enthusiastic, and caring, she often spearheaded many initiatives within her community, including one where she gathered donated clothing and personally shipped to Poland for people in need. She wrote two books, It Happened in Englewood. a collection of her columns in the Sarasota Herald, and History of Englewood on the founding of Englewood, and its pioneering settlers.

An inspiration, Josephine’s attitude is one that is not found very often, hundreds of people have been effected by her many contribution to society and don’t even know it. That is why it is an honor for me to plant a few flowers and give her just a little bit more recognition for her actions.

 Josephine shall be remembered as one of 500 Floridians that helped shape this great state and the people within it.

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Memories: Josephine Cortes

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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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