The Citizens Committee, along with various civic leaders and philanthropists, such as Morgan Gress, Edith Gray, Mary Cline, and Ninah May Holden Cummer, planned the park’s development. Mrs. Cummer (1875-1958), a passionate gardener, was active in several charitable groups. As a leading light of Riverside society and inspired by the gardens of Europe, she gathered a group of 20 friends in her Riverside mansion on the St. Johns River on March 25, 1922, to organize a garden club to create a more beautiful city. The result was the Garden Club of Jacksonville, Inc., founded in April 1924. Subsequently, Mrs. Cummer willed her home, with its stunning gardens and cultural treasures, to be turned into a museum. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, built on the site of the home of Arthur and Ninah Cummer, opened its doors November 10, 1961.
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