Public Art can be a landscape. Think of the double row of 200 year old oaks leading to the front door of a Louisiana plantation or the cropped square trees and bushes of a French 17th Century mansion. What kind of landscape could be made in Pompano Beach?
In 1953, the Pompano Beach City Commission designated the sea grape as the city’s official tree. The Pompano Beach Garden Club had requested the designation, and also urged that 1,000 sea grape trees be planted on municipal property. The biggest one I have seen is at the Charles Drew Family Resource Center in the Collier City neighborhood.
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Before the arrival of the FEC Railroad in Pompano in 1896, many “Dade County Pines” or Pinus elliottii var. densa. grew on the rocky ground. (Remember Pompano was in Dade County until the state created Broward in 1915) This unique slash pine produces an extreme dense wood with lots of resin. It was prized for house construction because very few insects can eat through it. South Florida slash pine is a tall (to 50′) fast growing tree with open branching. Cones are usually produced beginning at the age of ten years. This pine must have full sun all day, excellent drainage and no disturbance to their root systems.
According the Historical Society, a wide variety of fruits grew in backyards throughout Pompano: oranges, grapefruit, lemon, mango, alvocado, guavas, surinam cherries, mulberries, sapodillas and sugar apples.