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 - PAGE TEN E GARDENS Florida Hammock Becomes...
PAGE TEN E GARDENS Florida Hammock Becomes Fine, Landscaped Estate Jungle-Like Jungle-Like Jungle-Like Areas. Landscaped Mangrove Swamps Vie In Beauty On Brett Grounds By ELI.VOK CKCII, SMITH , Illjr Maff Urilrr) The estate on Old Cutler road, this side of Matheson Hammock beach, from which rises the tower similar in appearance though without color decoration and carillon to the famous Bok tower, was, but 13 years ago, an im- im- pi5auie nammocK ana mangrove swamp. n wuai wouia De iar too snort a time in any other part of the country the hammock on the east side of the road has become a landscaped estate on which the growth of palms and other plants and. trees from all tropical and subtropical lands have attained an effect of long establishment. In the mangrove swamp between the grounds surrounding the house, canals have been dredged, tiny islands built and planted with coconut palms, Australian pines, sea grapes, cajeput trees, yuccas and plants strange to such waste areas. At the bayside an island and beach have been built and planted (five years ago) with pampas grass and even a poinci-ana poinci-ana poinci-ana tree, in addition to the palms and pines, all grown so fully now that they will soon need "weeding out." With the second finest pinetum in the country to his credit, George P. Brett, who was president president of MacMillan Publishing Co. until his death five years ago, decided he wanted to grow and collect palm trees. He and Mrs. Brett, in their home on a large estate In Fairfield, Conn., considered considered where they mU'lit make a winter home where "there was plenty of sun" and climate in which to have palms. They almost almost went to Africa, Mrs. Brett jays, but before their minds were made up to this Dr. David Fair-child, Fair-child, Fair-child, whom Mr. Brett had come to know through publishing one of his books, persuaded them to try the fertile hammock land just island. Almost all of these plantings plantings have attained full growth. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brett worked with their workmen doing doing the actual clearing, planting, preparing soil and so on. Today, though William Patton is superintendent superintendent of the grounds, Mrs. Brett still "gets her hands in the dirt." During the first World war she gave instruction to children children on her farm in the North on how to grow vegetables. There are very few plants she has not worked with, she says. As chairman chairman of the vines committee for Fairchild Tropical Garden, she has a second gardening project on her hands. Most of her land on the west side of old Cutler road she has left as it was when she came. A shallow strip lining the east side of her place and screening her home and grounds, she has also left in the natural dense state. She has 42 acres in fruit trees of all tropical and subtropical varieties, varieties, a vegetable patch and, until the freeze of two years ago de stroyed -her -her plants, she raised coffee. Not the least of her prides In things grown here Is In the seven pounds of coffee she grew, roasted and ground for her own use. At the rear of the house a sweep of lawn, planted with rare palms, including three Oysiandra Maya and a Chamaedorea con- con- color, and other rare trees, flows Into her formal garden. Here within a semicircular border of red Clerodend.nm, blue Thun- Thun- bergia, yellow Thryallis, red firecracker WIDELY the eye on the Cut-ler road. Looking Mrs. Brett's home with French

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  1. The Miami News,
  2. 07 Dec 1941, Sun,
  3. Page 54

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