My family came to Florida for the first time in 1915 and came permanently in the 1940’s. They bought property in the small sleepy town of Pinellas Park. There was an established “chicken ranch” and my grandmother sold her eggs to Webb City And they had a cow named Beulah that escaped every fence, including electric fences, known to man to go eat the neighbors magnolias.
When development came to the area the farm shrank and the chickens and the cow were gone. What is left is a small family compound and a few acres.
Something had to be done with the couple of acres of free ground and the idea for a small palm nursery came to be. It was mulled over for a bit whether to have a stable and board horses, which is a 24/7 job or grow palm trees that don’t care if you go away for the weekend. The palms won!
The first palm trees were planted in about 2004 and grew extremely well in part of the old cow pasture that was left.