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Palm Beach Gardens in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Historic Banyan Trees

 
 
Historic Banyan Trees Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
1. Historic Banyan Trees Marker
Inscription. These two Banyan trees (Ficus benghalensis), with a combined limb spread encompassing one-half acre, form the entrance to the City of Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Gardens was developed by insurance magnate and philanthropist John D. MacArthur. He envisioned his 4,000-acre development as a “garden city” for 55,000 people and chose the name Palm Beach Gardens after his initial choice, Palm Beach City, was denied by the Florida Legislature because of its similarity to nearby Palm Beach. The city was incorporated on June 20, 1959, as a “paper town,” meaning that at that point it existed only on paper. To showcase his new community, in 1960 MacArthur purchased an 80-year-old Banyan tree in nearby Lake Park that was threatened with destruction. The tree, weighing 75 tons and with a limb spread of 125 feet, required 1,008 hours of labor and $30,000 to move it to its new home in Palm Beach Gardens. A second, smaller Banyan tree weighing 40 tons, also threatened with destruction, was moved from Lake Park by MacArthur the following year. The trees are featured on the Palm Beach Gardens city shield and stand proudly today at the city’s entrance.
 
Erected 2011 by Seminole Chapter, NSDAR and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-720.)
 
Location.
Historic Banyan Trees Marker with tree in background looking west across MacArthur Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 13, 2016
2. Historic Banyan Trees Marker with tree in background looking west across MacArthur Blvd.
26° 48.542′ N, 80° 5.257′ W. Marker is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is on MacArthur Boulevard just north of Northlake Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Palm Beach FL 33403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Park Town Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Dade County Court House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Northwood Historic District (approx. 4.9 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Celestial Railroad (approx. 5.6 miles away); Duck's Nest (approx. 5.9 miles away); Bethesda-By-The-Sea (approx. 5.9 miles away); Former State of Florida Board of Health Laboratory c.1921 (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016.
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