Sunday, February 15, 2015

The First Tree Was Planted in 1927


On February 22, 1927, Floyd L. Wray proudly planted the first tree at Flamingo Groves.


When Wray first came to Florida, he sold real estate for Homeseekers, one of Joseph W. Young's companies.  He noticed the shortage of oranges during the summer and the high prices.  He saw the late summer-maturing Lue Gim Gong Valencia oranges, developed by a botanist in central Florida, as a new opportunity.  The fruit could be harvested when the other varieties were out of season.