Gordon Skrede started his Garden of Eaton in 1996. He bought the house in 1990 and was clearing brush when he discovered blackberries growing in his yard. Skrede called the Collier County Extension Office to ask advice only to be told that it wasn't possible for blackberries to grow in Southwest Florida. Skrede took that as a sign that he had something special.

Photo by GREG KAHN, Daily News

Gordon Skrede started his Garden of Eaton in 1996. He bought the house in 1990 and was clearing brush when he discovered blackberries growing in his yard. Skrede called the Collier County Extension Office to ask advice only to be told that it wasn't possible for blackberries to grow in Southwest Florida. Skrede took that as a sign that he had something special.

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