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.
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.