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Sunken Gardens 7/16/11

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by ScotTi, Jul 16, 2011.

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  1. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    The Croton Society takes a stroll into the sunken garden with tour guide Ray Hernandez (photo #2 black shirt and cap).
     

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  2. ScotTi

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    Sunken Gardens has been a landmark in St. Petersburg Fl since 1935, when it officially opened as Turners Sunken Gardens.
     

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  3. ScotTi

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    George Turner, Sr., a plumber and avid gardener purchased the four acre property in 1903.
     

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  4. ScotTi

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    George drained the shallow lake, that dropped 15' below street level to provide a rich soil to grow exotic plants and fruits from all over the world.
     

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  5. ScotTi

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    By 1924, the garden was attracting vistitors who paid 25 cents for a stroll through the beauitiful, lush gardens.
     

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    The garden became world renowned for its unique collection of plants.
     

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    Many of the original plants are still here to enjoy as you stroll through the trails.
     

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  8. ScotTi

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    In 1998, Sunken Gardens was designated a local historic landmark.
     

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  9. ScotTi

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    In 1999 the gardens were purchased by the City of St. Petersburg.
     

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  10. ScotTi

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    The stroll continues...
     

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  11. ScotTi

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    down the path...
     

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  12. ScotTi

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    strolling along...
     

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  13. ScotTi

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    A few drops of rain and the tour moves on.
     

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  14. ScotTi

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    More...
     

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  15. ScotTi

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    Have no idea what the non-croton plant is in this post, but I really liked it.
     

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  16. ScotTi

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    as the tour draws towards the end...
     

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  17. ScotTi

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    That is all I have of this great Sunken Garden.
     

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  18. palmisland

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    Thanks Phil, now I'm really sorry I couldn't attend.


    randy
     
  19. Phil Stager

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    Great pics. thanks, Scott
     
  20. Crotonologist

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    Enjoyed the photo tour - thanks!
     
  21. Plant Nut

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    Thanks Scott, next best thing to being there!
     
  22. Crazy for Crotons

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    Scott,

    A great set of photos to help document the day.

    Thanks.
     
  23. Judy Glock

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    Scott, you did a great job with your photography! Thanks!
    Ray, thank you for being our tour guide. Jim and I went there several years ago and missed half of the crotons because they were so tall.
    Phil, thank you for organizing the whole meeting!
     
  24. ScotTi

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    Maybe more of Sunken Gardens coming soon. :)
     
  25. ScotTi

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    A bump for Pix.
     
  26. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks for taking me along, years later! Beautiful place that is relatively close and I've never visited. Gotta go. Thanks, Scott.
     
  27. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Hi Scott, enjoyed your visit to Sunken Gardens via your photos. Thanks for posting :) !
     
  28. Pix

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    Thank you very much, Scott! I am so embarrassed to admit that I never heard about Sunken Gardens :( I will go there as soon as I possible!
     

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