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Boynton Beach -- Grams Tropical Garden

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This garden was created, beginning in 1990, by leaving as much of the native foliage as possible while building a one-story home, connecting pool and guest house on the approximately two-acre J-shaped property. Grass and invasive melaleuca trees were removed. Areca palms were planted to shore up the bank of their pond that is home to a seldom seen alligator. A Live oak in front of the house is ornamented with a yellow dendrobium orchid, one of many orchids on the property. Other native plants in the front garden include scrub palmetto, bamboo, slash and Dade pines, and fire spike bushes. A pine straw path leads past a bay rum tree, a grove of bananas, white bird of paradise, buddleia, a huge rubber plant moved out from the house, and many palms. Orchids are attached to some of the trees or planted in the stumps of trees that succumbed, with a stabilizing cement base. Some of the orchids are volunteers. A creek runs through the garden and drains into a large pond, home to water plants and, possibly, an alligator. Native fauna includes herons, woodpeckers, turtles, snakes, iguanas, raccoons, possums, otters and anole lizards. Round white stepping-stones pass by an avocado tree, a frangipani, an enormous heliconia, and the resurrection ferns that grow on many of the trees. There are pine trees, Live oak and palm that were growing before the property was developed. The intention for Grams Tropical Garden was to disturb as little as possible and celebrate Old Florida. Two garden assistants, Carlos and Ramon, have aided in this endeavor from the beginning.
Lower, Jerry
Ottaway, Cynthia W.
Grass River Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Grams Tropical Garden (Boynton Beach)
United States -- Florida -- Palm Beach
Gardens -- Florida -- Palm Beach -- Boynton Beach
Lower, Jerry
Ottaway, Cynthia W.
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Grass River Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
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Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File FL271
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Boynton Beach -- Grams Tropical Garden
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