1. NEW BROMELIAD FORUM
    Guest - Don't miss our new forum. Perhaps you have something to add or share with us.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Check out, join, and contribute to our Facebook Page. Help get more people to the Forum. NEW TROPISCAPE FACEBOOK GROUP
    Dismiss Notice

Old croton garden in St. Pete

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by junglegal, Sep 20, 2009.

Please Help Support Our Generous Sponsors

  1. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Paging through an old book I bought, I came across an old newspaper clipping. It was for the St. Pete Time from Sunday Oct 18, 1953. They must have had a big gardening section back in the day.

    They announce that the Selbys at 162 28th Ave NE are looking forward to their 'exotic' rangur lime tree ripening. Also that plants of heather arrived by air from Scotland for the garden of Mrs. Haydn Laycock :)D) at 521 42nd ave south. Can you imagine publishing your address these days??!! I should tell the paper I planted a Kentiopsis yesterday LOL

    Of more interest to me is that they encourage the general public to go by the colorful croton garden of William Sand at 459 15th ave north North. That is very near me. Hmmm, what are the chances that his crotons are still on property?! I will do a drive by tomorrow on the way home from work. Lets hope!
     
  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,736
    Location:
    South Florida, USA
    That's pretty interesting and I would be excited to do a "drive-by", but I probably couldn't wait, and would go today.:) Please let us know how it went and if there were any crotons left in the landscape there. Take pictures if possible.


    Jeff
     
  3. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    No can do, my Packer game starts in an hour and I just cracked a beer
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,947
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b

    Bren - Are you wearing your cheesehead headress too? :p

    Ron. :cool:
     
  5. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Ron,
    My cheese head cowboy hat comes out at kick off ;)
     
  6. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    as you can see from me & Mom, it runs in the family..Okay...now back to crotons! :D
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,050
    Location:
    south Tampa, Bokeelia
    Bren, please let me know if there's something worthwile there. I may make a pit stop on the way home from work tomorrow.
     
  8. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Ray,

    You may beat me there. Tomorrow I start 9/80 hours so I'll be later. Let's see what we come up with ;)
     
  9. TikiRick

    TikiRick Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    455
    Location:
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL Zone 10b
    I may fly over and hover in my chopper and beat you both.
     
  10. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,050
    Location:
    south Tampa, Bokeelia
    I'll check it out at 10 AM and let you know what's there in the afternoon ;) I'm sure the garden has been replaced by a lovely patch of St. Augustine grass
     
  11. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,947
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    Ray - Let us know when you come accross the 15 ft Ben Alexander. :eek:
    Just dreaming but one never knows :confused:

    Ron. :)
     
  12. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Hey Ray, You may run into Julie because she agreed to do a drive by for me while I am shackled to this desk. It's near cresecent lake and there has been a lot of new construction in that area. I don't have high hopes for anything remaining.
     
  13. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    OK, I had someone do a driveby, she said no visible crotons form the street. You can go to google maps and see the house. I'll go by myself after work
     
  14. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,947
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    Ray and Bren - Maybe the harsh winter of 1977 took them out. Wasn't that the year it snowed in Miami? :confused:

    Ron. :eek:
     
  15. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,050
    Location:
    south Tampa, Bokeelia
    Yes, 1977 was pretty rough.
     
  16. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Just goes to show that all these gardens we create for our own enjoyment are but a fleeting snapshot in time. I feel sad for Mr. William Sand after seeing his property not resembling a home that has a cherished garden or a garden at all any more.

    I bet he had some great things back in the day as he was mere blocks away from Turner's famous Sunken Gardens.
     
  17. keith

    keith Active Member

    Messages:
    145
    What is all this fuss about a croton garden in St. Pete? You can see a great
    croton garden Dec. 5th at Phil Stagers house when he hosts the next croton
    society meeting.----be there.
     
  18. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    3,133
    Location:
    St. Pete FL
    Oh I'll be there! Phil's collection is top notch & an inspiration but nothing to do with what I was trying to relay with this post.

    I just love when gardening, history and mystery all blends. I think others do too!
     
  19. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,050
    Location:
    south Tampa, Bokeelia
    The history is what I love most about crotons. While the plant isn't native, the hybrids known round the world came from right here.
     
  20. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,947
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    :cool:
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page