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Sommer Gardens / Thursday, January 12, 2012 / Categories: Ramblings

Remembering the past - Sommer Gardens circa 1984

We were doing some cleaning in our office and I came across this vintage areal photograph of Sommer Gardens circa 1984.  This photo shows my retail garden center on US hwy 27 just north of Clermont.

sommergardens1984.jpgNote the results of the devastating back to back record breaking freezes in the early eighties. Those freezes killed off thousands of acres of citrus in Central Florida, forever changing the landscape of Florida.

The building pictured is the old railroad depot that used to sit in downtown Clermont.  My parents bought it in the 1960's and had it moved to HWY 27 and turned it into a roadside citrus packing plant to sell oranges from our family citrus groves. 

I put my first triathlon on in Clermont back in 1984 and a few years (and freezes) later I was out of the nursery/landscape business and working full time in the fitness/triathlon business.

The rest is history...  :)

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