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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Edison Garden Market – November 22 – 23, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 10th

Mark your calendars for the Edison Garden Market. The event  is FREE to the public. Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping venue for unique garden items, including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, ginger, butterfly plants, garden art, home and gardening supplies are all available. Edison Ford horticultural staff will be available to answer questions in the Garden Shoppe. Historic “heritage plants” that have been propagated in the Edison Nursery will be available for purchase.

The Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout Florida and attracts gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items. Edison Garden Market vendor space is available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors by calling Debbie Hughes or Sandra Drake at 239-334-7419.

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Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 7th
  • November 15, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Lunch included, $30monarch clipart Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison Ford

There is still time to register for the annual conference which Edison Ford is hosting in collaboration with the University of Florida Extension Service. For more information call Debbie Hughes or Sandra Drake at 239-334-7419 or register online here.

Edison Ford planted our Butterfly Garden several years ago with the help of the Edison Garden Club, Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council and the UF Master Gardeners. Since then the garden has flourished and features a lovely reflecting pool with sculptured wading birds by Don Wilkins. The Garden Shoppe also offers a variety of butterfly attracting plants year-round for purchase. Edison Ford horticulture staff is always available for questions.

Tyler spicebush Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison Ford      This is a chance to participate in wonderful programs, enjoy a boxed lunch with friends and meet people from all over Florida. The guest lecturers include noted Botanist, Roger Hammer, who will speak on butterfly gardens; Karen Finch, Sarasota butterfly authority; Sandra Baker-Hinton on butterfly release; and noted artist and writer, Elizabeth Smith will teach illustrated garden journaling. Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist will speak on pests and pesticides.

 

Garden Talk: Orchids

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 3rd

Join Senior Horticulturist,  Debbie Hughes, and Garden Shoppe Manager,  Sandra Drake, for the latest news on the Edison Ford Huge Orchid Collection.   Learn about growing orchids especially how Mina Edison attached orchids to the trees.  We will meander through the property discussing the many examples of orchids and their particular likes and dislikes.

Cost:  $5 for Members,   $1jan 2011 025 768x1024 Garden Talk: Orchids0 Non-members. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for use in the Edison Garden Shoppe.  Questions will be answered for growing orchids in all different situations (pots or trees).  If you would like bring an orchid for show and tell or bragging rights we welcome it.

Pre-register by calling Leeanne Criswell in the business office (lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org) or register on the day of class.  Space limited to 25 and always best to pre-register.

 

Edison Garden Market – November 22 – 23, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 16th

Mark your calendars for the Edison Garden Market. The event is great for family and friends and is FREE to the public. Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping venue for unique garden items, including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, ginger, butterfly plants, garden art, home and gardening supplies are all available. Edison Ford horticultural staff will be available to answer questions in the Garden Shoppe. Historic “heritage plants” that have been propagated in the nursery will be available for purchase.

garden market sept 2014 Edison Garden Market   November 22   23, 2014

The Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state and attracts nearly 1,000 gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items. Edison Garden Market vendor space is available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors. For more information contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

 

Orchids at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 8th

debbie with orchid sept 14 175x300 Orchids at Edison Ford     We recently accepted a donation of 500 plus orchids from a grower in Homestead, Florida called Pine Ridge Orchids to add to our existing growing collection of orchids in the trees throughout the estates. This brings our total to slightly more than 1,000 orchids that have been catalogued.

The new collection blooms throughout the year thanks to the oversight of Senior Horticulturalist, Debbie Hughes, and a dedicated group of garden volunteers, and includes both Dendrobium (Phalenopsis), Clowesia and Cynoches.

During their lifetime, the Edisons assembled the largest collection of orchids in Florida, locating them along the trees in Orchid Lane as well as throughout their property. Henry and Clara Ford joined them as the Lane of host mango trees extended through both neighboring estates.

Debbie is leading a Garden Talk on October 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to show off the orchid collection and talk about orchid propagation back in the Nursery.

orchid sept 2014 283x300 Orchids at Edison Ford      For orchid lovers, our trip to Redland on January 17, 2015 will include the nurseries in one of our favorite books, The Orchid Thief.

For more information on upcoming orchid programs contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 or www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

 

 

 

Garden Talk: Flowering Trees

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 30th
  • September 13, 10:00 a.m.ppulcherrima09 300x241 Garden Talk: Flowering Trees

 

When visitors see the trees blooming at Edison Ford, they are curious to know if they can grow them in their own gardens. Edison Ford horticulturalists will discuss the top ten flowering trees to plant in Southwest Florida to enhance your own landscape.

Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a gift
certificate for a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

 

Edison Garden Market – November 22 – 23, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 10th

Mark your calendars for the Edison Garden Market. The event is great for family and friends and is FREE to the public.

garden market 1 Edison Garden Market   November 22   23, 2014Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping venue for unique garden items, including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, ginger, butterfly plants, garden art, home and gardening supplies are all available. Edison Ford horticultural staff will be available to answer questions in the Garden Shoppe. Historic “heritage plants” that have been propagated in the nursery will be available for purchase.

The Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state and attracts nearly 1,000 gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items. Edison Garden Market vendor space is available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors. For more information contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

 

Unique Heritage Trees for Sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 3rd

It is a great time of year for tree planting, and the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe has a unique collection of trees ready for planting that are well suited for Southwest Florida. They are also called “heritage trees” by the horticulture staff at Edison Ford because they are representative of the historical gardens of the two families.

There is currently a good inventory of unusual trees for sale that include the following: Candle Nut, Calabash, Tamarind, Red Kapok, Bangar Nut, Pink Silk Floss and False Rubber Tree-Mascarenhasia (blooms smell like buttered popcorn).

Garden staff is available all week for consultation and special orders for trees not currently in stock. Garden patrons can easily park in the main parking areas or on Larchmont Avenue, and staff can help with carrying their purchases to their car. Call Sandra Drake, Garden Shoppe Manager at 239-334-7419.

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August and September 2014 Garden Talk

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 2nd

Garden Talk: Water Gardening –  August 9, 10:00 a.m.golden shower tree 222x300 August and September 2014 Garden Talk

Thomas and Mina Edison enjoyed their pond not only as a way to collect water, but also used it as an area to encourage plant and wildlife. Learn from Edison Ford orticulturists which plants thrive during summer rainy season in Southwest Florida.

Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a gift certificate for a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Garden Talk: Flowering Trees ~ September 13, 10:00 a.m.

When visitors see the trees blooming at Edison Ford, they are curious to know if they can grow them in their own gardens. Edison Ford horticulturalists will discuss the top ten flowering trees to plant in Southwest Florida to enhance your own landscape.

Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a gift certificate for a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

 

July Garden Talk: How to Prune Your Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 1st
  • July 12, 10:00 a.m.

Summer in Florida is a time of growth in the garden. It is also a time when heavy rains can disturb the balance of delicate landscaping. Edison Ford horticulturalists will provide tips and hands-on demonstrations and teach the best techniques to improve the health, integrity and beauty of your trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

  • August 9, 10:00 a.m. – Water Gardening

Thomas and Mina Edison enjoyed their pond not only as a way to collect water, but also used it as an area to encourage Egret in lily pond 300x247 July Garden Talk: How to Prune Your Gardenplant and wildlife.

Cost: Members FREE; non-members $5. Each participant will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.