Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida's Agricultural Heritage in Paintings by Robert Butler

Golden Grove

Golden Grove

Citrus, like many foreigners who came to these shores, has flourished under diligent stewardship. Florida — and Polk County, in particular — came to be called the "Citrus Capital of the World." A long and illustrious pedigree was developed from the original citrus brought to the New World in the hold of Spanish ships. Today, many countries have a thriving population of New World citrus creations.

It seems that the fabled gold once sought by explorers is finally discovered. The "Land of Flowers" is not a place of broken dreams after all.

I grew up in a small town in southern Florida, a state forever splendid and enchanting in my mind’s eye. A place where smiling blue skies, dressed up with fluffy white clouds, lavished the land with diamonds that fell from the sky. A place where the earth smiled back with lush-green decadence and accents of orange and yellow gold.

— Robert Butler, 1999

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