By María R. Estorino and Tiffany Saulter
Title: Evelyn Frink Scrapbook, 1946-1963
Creator: Frink, Evelyn
Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet
The Evelyn Frink Scrapbook documents the activities of the Miami Beach garden clubs that led to the construction of the Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory. The clippings, photographs, reports, speeches and correspondence capture Mrs. Frink’s work as chairman of the Garden Center Committee from its inception to the inauguration of the garden center and conservatory.
Evelyn Frink, wife of former Miami Beach mayor Herbert A. Frink, was a member of the Miami Beach Woman’s Club and the Miami Beach Tropical Garden Club. Inspired by a Garden Club exhibit at a state convention, Mrs. Frink and the presidents of the four garden clubs, Tropical, Miami Beach, Palm-Hibiscus and Mt. Sinai, led a successful campaign for the construction of the Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory.
1958: Formation of the Garden Center Committee, under the chairmanship of Evelyn Frink of the Tropical Garden club with representatives from the other garden clubs.
1959: Voters approve the $150,000 bond issue for the construction of the Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory that will occupy 6 acres of land north and west of the Miami Beach Convention Hall.
1960: Mrs. (Evelyn) Herbert Frink and The Garden Center-Conservatory Committee are awarded the “Miami News Community Service Award”.
1961: The City Council and the Garden Center Committee approve the plans for the construction of the Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory.
1962: Mrs. (Evelyn) Herbert Frink is awarded lifetime membership to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
1962: Opening of the Miami Beach Garden Center and Conservatory at 1900 Garden Center Drive.
1963: As early as January, the Center features a number of events open to the public: classes in flower arrangement and holiday decorations, nature documentaries with “color and sound” as well as guest speakers from the National Audubon Society.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Related Materials: For more information please see http://merrick.library.miami.edu/specialCollections/asm5000/.
Processing Information: María R. Estorino, June 2007
Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Tiffany Saulter, May 2011