Tropical Florida Gardens - What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Tropical Florida Gardens

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

Hypertufa Planters appearing at the Edison Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 16th

hypertufa pots 001 300x225 Hypertufa Planters appearing at the Edison EstatesCome to the Edison Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe or The Edison Shoppes in Bell Tower both in Fort Myers, FL for Hypertufa pots and planters. Did you know the “Edison Portland Cement Company” in 1899 improved the production of cement with a special patented process we still use today? These containers are a fashionable way to show off a myriad of plant varieties. It could be succulents, orchids, herbs, or whatever your imagination inspires using these hand-made wonders. Two of our awesome volunteers have spent their winters when the weather is cool and dry making square and circular troughs-some with high sides and other with low sides crafted with portand cement, peat moss, perlite, and just enough water to expertly hold together yet amazingly lightweight. Some example of the plants either placed or planted inside the troughs cavities include: succulents, herbs, annual flowers, orchids, and even miniature fairy gardens. The aesthetics are one of a kind making the pots great gifts for that “got everything else kind of person!” The unique coarsely textured modern forms are fashioned to resemble antique troughs reminiscent of 18th Century Enhypertufa pots 004 300x225 Hypertufa Planters appearing at the Edison Estatesgland.

Rose Expert to Speak

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 8th

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     Learn from Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist and member of the Rose Society, and guest speaker and noted rosarian, Pennie Crawford, about how to grow roses successfully in southwest Florida. The talk will include how to plant, what is the best soil mix, watering, fertilizing, pest control and what types of roses do best in our climate. The Garden Talk includes a walk to the historic rose gardens on the Edison and Ford Estates. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Pre-registration not required.

 

Edison Ford Garden Talk – Second Saturday of the Month

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 5th

     Edison Ford Garden Talks are a great way to see the Edison and Ford’s garden close up and to work with the Edison Ford garden staff. You will explore the most successful plants for the tropics and learn from our staff and guest experts about our favorites. There are always varieties for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe with a 20% discount for participants. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5

      Edison Ford Garden Talks are a great way to see the Edison and Ford’s garden close up and to work with the Edison Ford garden staff. You will explore the most successful plants for the tropics and learn from our staff and guest experts about our favorites. There are always varieties for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe with a 20% discount for participants. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

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● March 8, 10:00 a.m.

      Join Tom Scannell, Bougainvillea Growers International (BGI) to learn how to make bougainvillea cutting plants (all participants will receive a cutting to take home), and how to care for this gorgeous plant. Scannell will discuss his own unique blend of fertilizer which Edison Ford uses on all its flowering plants. 

 

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● April 12, 10:00 a.m.

      Learn from Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist and member of the RoseSociety, and guest speaker and noted rosarian, Pennie Crawford, about how to grow roses successfully in southwest Florida. The talk will include how to plant, what is the best soil mix, watering, fertilizing, pest control and what types of roses do best in our climate. The Garden Talk includes a walk to the historic rose gardens on the Edison and Ford Estates.

Edison Ford Garden Talk – Second Saturday of the Month

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 3rd

Edison Ford Garden Talks are a great way to see the Edison and Ford’s garden close up and to work with the Edison Ford garden staff. You will explore the most successful plants for the tropics and learn from our staff and guest experts about our favorites. There are always varieties for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe with a 20% discount for participants. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5

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● February 8, 10:00 a.m.

Todd Roy and his master gardeners have been readying the Edison Farm Garden for the season’s crops. The banana trees are thriving and we are planting heirloom tomatoes, lettuces, peppers and other seeds to be ready for table and market soon – just like Edison’s staff did a century ago. Learn all of the tricks of the trade of what and how to plant, growing tips (including organic fertilizers and composting) and watering.

 

 

 

Growing Your Own Tomatoes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 22nd

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by Debbie Hughes, Horticulturist

January is a great time to plant tomatoes in  raised beds or large pots in Florida.

Tomatoes have difficulty growing in the poor sandy soil laden with nematodes

(microscopic worms that eat the roots of plants), it is best to grow in amended organic

soils. Seedlings can be started in early August-October in peat

pots then potted into larger pots.  When the plants have grown to at least  1-2 feet in

height, it is time to plant in the amended soil.  Seedlings are also available for sale ready

to plant if you missed the seed stage.   Many varieties of cherry tomatoes are grown in Florida because they take fewer

days to mature, and are easier to just pop in the mouth.   Edison Ford Winter Estates sells heirloom seeds from Bakers

Heirloom Seed Growers or look for interesting seeds  from Tomato Growers Supply.  Look forward to eating varieties

this year of, “Snow White” , “Sun Gold”, and “Sun Sugar” during the springtime.

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Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Orchids

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 4th

● Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.

orchid jan 2014 update 296x300 Edison Ford Garden Talk  ~ Orchids      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy, to learn how to care for and tend to orchids. At one time the Edison family had the largest collection of orchids in Florida and today Edison Ford has hundreds of orchids throughout the site. Participants are encouraged to bring in their ailing orchids for tips and care for growing healthy orchids. Participants will also receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members free; non-members $5.

 

Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Container Planting & Terrariums

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 5th

● December 14, 9:00 a.m.calamondinorange Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Container Planting & Terrariums

      Get ready for the holidays with Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy, who will discuss plants suitable for container gardening on patios and lanais and learn how to create planters and terrariums to give as gifts.

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

      For more information call 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Plant Propagation and Aftercare

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 1st

•  November 9, 9:00 a.m.

      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy to learn propagation techniques for the home gardener. Steve will demonstrate basic techniques of layering, cutting and seed propagation as well as tips and tools for successful home propagation.

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

 garden talk dwarf poinciana nov 2013 update 300x225 Edison Ford Garden Talk ~ Plant Propagation and Aftercare     Workshop includes tour of the Edison Ford Propagating Nursery. For more information call 239-334-7419.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Edison Ford Garden Tours Return for Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 29th

Edison Ford Garden Tours

● Wednesdays, November 6 – April 30, 10:30 a.m.

garden tour pool pond 225x300 Weekly Edison Ford Garden Tours Return for Season      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy and garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families. The Edison Ford Garden Tour is available every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

      Thomas and Mina Edison came to Fort Myers in 1886. During the next four decades, they created a lovely winter estate complex that included riverside homes, one of the earliest private pools, two laboratories and 15 acres of combined research, family and native plant gardens. Thomas Edison designed the gardens of his winter estate for many purposes, including research on the practical and industrial uses of agricultural and native plants. Today many of the original plants are still thriving. The gardens still include many varieties of bamboo and rubber plants that Edison used in his original research as well as fruit trees, palms, roses, orchids and a Moonlight Garden. Henry Ford purchased the adjacent property in 1916 and developed his own gardens.

      After the tour participants are encouraged to explore further with an audio tour of the site (available in English, German, French and Spanish), visit the Edison Botanic Research Lab and Edison Ford Museum filled with inventions, artifacts and activities, all included in the price of admission. Registration is not required. Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $30.

 

 

 

Garden Talk – Vegetable Gardens … Getting Started

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 5th

● October 12, 9:00 a.m.

      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy to learn how to start a fall garden for winter harvest.

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Nearly one hundred years ago the Edison family grew fruits and vegetables on their winter estate and today the site has a year round organic vegetable garden, dozens of fruit trees and raised vegetable bed gardens as well as an Emerging Inventor’s Garden tended by children ages one – three years old. Participants will learn which vegetables thrive and how to start and maintain their own garden at home. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

      Workshop includes tour of the Edison Ford demonstration garden. For more information call 239-334-7419.