Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide Page 107 MORE THAN 500 VARIETIES He and his wife Reba, who grew up in Charlotte Harbor, resided in a small "board and batten" cottage, still standing albeit subsequent additions, on West Retta Esplanade. In the early 1930s, Pete trav- eled throughout the state, gathering samples of the 12 hibiscus varieties growing in Florida. From that stock, in his backyard, he developed many of those seen today, with almost 500 registered varieties to his credit. Pete was also what some might call a "character" and a great storyteller with sharp wit, evidenced by some of the names bestowed on his creations: Hokey Pokee, Peeping Tom, Mini Skirt, Sleeping Single, and Honey Do. Known internationally as "Mr. Hibiscus" and "King Harry," Pete was visited by hibiscus aficionados from around the world hoping to learn his techniques. His "hobby" garnered him hundreds of awards at flower shows and the American Hibiscus Society proclaimed his blooms "Best in the World" five times. The soci- ety's local entity, the Harry Goulding Chapter, is named in his honor. On July 6, 1988, the city council, recognizing the accomplishments of Punta Gorda's native son, proclaimed Harry Goulding Day and in 2000, the council reaffirmed Punta Gorda's sta- tus as "The City of Hibiscus." Pete passed away in 1993, but there are several practitioners in Southwest Florida continuing his legacy. You can see some of Harry's creations at the Punta Gorda History Park at 501 Shreve Street, look on the right side of the Cigar Cottage. The park is an outdoor museum with a collection of histor- ical structures in a garden setting. Sun file photo "Mandarin Wind" 2019 Signature Bloom at a past Punta Gorda Hibiscus Festival. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Indemnity Company Bloomington, IL State Farm County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas Dallas, TX 1606043 Good day, bad day or any day – I'm here for you in all life's moments, backed by the #1* insurance company for auto, home and life. CALL ME TODAY. For every "oh no," there's an "oh yeah." *Based on written premium as reported by SNL Financial 2014. Kathy Nash, Agent 3941 Tamiami Trail, #3159 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Bus: 941-637-6001 kathy@kathynashsf.com adno=3821442-1 Over 10 Years Experience! We Do: Closets, Garages & Laundry Rooms FREE MEASUREMENTS | FREE CONSTULTATION It's like adding another room without the high remodeling costs! Price includes measurement, design, delivery, installation and Choice of Serta Mattress for all of Southwest Florida. VISITORS COMING? WHERE WILL YOUR GUESTS SLEEP? WE CAN ANSWER THAT! PORT CHARLOTTE 4014 Tamiami Trail 941-743-2337 (BEDS) FORT MYERS 16257 S. Tamiami Trail 239-245-7335 SARASOTA 6528 S. Tamiami Trail 941-960-1403 www.MillersMurphyBed.com Offi ce By Day Bedroom By Night adno=3821000-1 CHARLOTTE CHARLOTTE 2018 2018

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