United States of America -- Florida -- Martin -- Hobe Sound
Scope and Contents:
The folders include worksheets, site plans with aerial images, copies of correspondence, historical and other information.
Once a part of a much larger property, this dramatic garden is comprised of 13.8 acres between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean on Jupiter Island. It is contiguous with another recently submitted garden, FL254000. Avenida derives its name from a long allée of Royal Palms probably planted in the 1930's. Remnants of the original allée remain on this and other neighboring properties. There is a long history of distinguished horticulture on this part of Jupiter Island. It is believed to have been the site of a late nineteenth century horticultural station for the State of Florida where plants were brought by traveling sea captains. Indeed, on the property are several aged trees that may well date back to this time: sausage trees (Kigelia africana) and cannonball trees (Couroupita guianensis).
Throughout the property are, among other plants, large swathes of the current owners' collections of palms, bromeliads and gingers. The hammock area has been left untouched and remains a habitat of ironwood trees and other native plants. Several years ago there was a sighting of a Florida panther. The two long driveways pass through the extensive hammock area to the beachfront, also a part of this property. The current owners have added the water garden, vegetable garden, cutting gardens, landscaping along the driveways, stumpery and palm grove.
Persons associated with the property include Joseph Jefferson (former owner, landscape architect, 1890-1900), Thomas A. and Mary B. Snider (former owners, 1900-1911), Charles B. and Edna Carey Jefferson (former owners, 1911-1914), Arthur B. and Ermina Proal (former owners, 1914-1923), Lucius W. and Ruth de Moss Robinson (1923-1955), Florence R. Gordon (former owner, 1955-?), The Jupiter Island Company (former owner, November, 1955-?), The Van Fleet Family (former owners, dates unknown), The McChristian Family (former owners, 1984-?), The Duke Family (former owners, 1990-?), Rosie McKeever and Bambi Hatch (landscape architects, 1989).
Avenida Gardens related holdings consist of 2 folders (36 digital images; 5 4 x 6 in. photographic prints; 16 3.5 x 5 in. photographic prints)
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the partial digitization of this collection was provided by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.