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?

Garden Talk: Improving Your Florida Soil with Easy Gardening Techniques

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 26th
  • April 11, 10:00 a.m. – Museum West Porch

      Want to grow plants as well as Thomas Edison did? Join Edison Ford Horticulturists, Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt, to unlock the mysteries of Florida gardens. Learn the importance of soil, mulch, compost, fertilizer and the right plants for tTomato Plantshe right place. Learn the best techniques to achieve a spectacular garden with less difficulty … organically.

Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10 (helps us defray the cost of materials). Pre-register by email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of class.

Edison Member & Community Crop Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 11th

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Plant some Florida Sunshine … seeds available in the Edison Ford Museum Store.

These Mammoth Heirloom Greystripe seeds are great for birds, snacking and huge smiling flowers!

Edison Crop Garden rental plots are still available. garden community garden march 2015Come watch our sunflowers grow along the fence at the Edison Crop Garden on Larchmont Ave. and in and among the banana trees and our Member and public vegetable crop gardens. The crops are yielding tomatoes, eggplant, kale, broccoli, cabbage and a variety of different lettuces.

For more information and to reserve your plot, contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Garden Talk: Fragrant Flowers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 4th
  • March 14, 10:00 a.m. – Museum West Porch

garden orange blossom with bee     Want to fill the air with fragrant flowers like roses, gardenias, jasmine and citrus blossoms? Join Edison Ford Monthly Garden Talk (second Saturday of every month) and learn how to grow fragrant flowers. Garden Shoppe Manager and Horticulturalist Janice Schmidt will be providing tips and tricks to cultivate flowers in the ground or in a pot.

Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10 (helps us defray the cost of materials). Pre-register by email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of class.

 

Hypertufa Class at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 24th

Come to the Edison Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe in Fort Myers, FL for our Unique 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 to use these hand-made wonders.

In case you want to learn how to do this process on your own, we are offering a CRAFT YOUR OWN   HYPERTUFA SHOEBOX TROUGH taught by our own extraordinary volunteer JIM HOPTON.

This two-day workshop is offered MARCH 7TH at 10:00am, meeting in the Greenhouse Propagating Nursery (2 hours).  Then a MARCH 10 second day of the workshop an AM/PM schedule to accommodate the participants. (1.5 hours).  The workshop is two days to allow for proper drying to the trough before it is taken home by the participant.

Edison Ford Members fee:  $30, non-members fee:  $35

Bring shoebox-all other supplies are provided

Call the main office at 239/334-7419-ask to speak to Leanne Criswell to register.

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Learn to Make Hypertufa Shoebox Trough at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 8th

 

  • March 7 (Day 1 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. – Edison Greenhouse
  • March 10 (Day 2 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. – Edison Greenhouse 

hypertufa planter     Continuing with our popular Hypertufa Garden projects, participants will create a rustic plant trough using a shoebox. Learn all the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two day workshop. The second day of the workshop we will offer a flexible AM/PM schedule to help accommodate all participants. Succulents will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe to finish out your trough with a planting.

Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Bring a shoebox to this workshop and all remaining supplies will be provided. To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $30 for the two day class; non-members $35 for the two day class.

 

Edison Festival Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 4th
  • February 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; February 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

     The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be host to dozens of plant vendors for a weekend of fun, great plants and activities.

Some of the vendor items include: 

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  • Orchids
  • Bromeliads
  • Flowering tropical shrubs
  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Fruit trees
  • Heritage shrubs like yesterday-today-tomorrow, lady of the night, angel trumpet

 

garden market bougainvilleaThis is a chance to find some wonderful and unusual tropical varieties at great prices and from the growers who produced them and can talk about the plant details and care.

Food and beverages are available at The Banyan refreshment area. For more information call Debbie or Janice at 239-334-7419.

Admission is FREE, and parking is FREE

 

Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 20th
  • Every Wednesday – 10:30 a.m.  community garden jan 2015 garden tour

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30.

 

NEW – Member & Community Plot Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 15th

community garden jan 2015     Garden spots are still available in the new Edison Plot Garden, located behind the lab but filling up fast with interested gardeners and family groups. There are only 20 plots available in this new “experiment” of Edison Ford’s garden staff.

The garden area is entirely organic and each 4×10 plot has already had the soil amended and waiting for a renting gardener. In fact, staff created this garden area a few years ago and it is so successful that we are opening it to Members and the community.

Organic vegetables and seed are Available in the Garden Shoppe and Garden staff is available for advice.

Download the form from our garden page or call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 for more Information.

 

Bromeliads Add Color to Your Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 13th

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We decorated our Christmas Tree this year for Holiday Nights with 2 types of Neoreglias called ‘Tres Colores’ and ‘Roots and Roots’. It was great fun to see them used in a way we don’t usually use them.  We have been planting them in our gardens here at the Edison Ford Winter Estates, but we are offering them to gardeners here in SWFL at Buy One Get One.

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There are many types of Bromeliads.   You may be familiar with sweet Pineapples-surprise they are a bromeliad or Spanish Moss-those air plants are a bromeliad.   Most grow  in a semi-shaded area adding great color to your low maintenance garden, but there are a few varieties that need sun to give them the great coloration.  Some are grown for their form, for their bloom spikes that can last for months, or or unique colors.  Why not add them to your garden this season.

 

 

 

 

Edison Festival Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 8th
  • February 14 & 15 

     The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be host to dozens of plant vendors for a weekend of fun, great plants and activities.

Some of the vendor items include:  garden market setup 2014

  •  Large trees
  •  Orchids
  •  Bromeliads
  •  Flowering tropical shrubs
  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Fruit trees
  • Heritage shrubs like yesterday today tomorrow, lady of the night, angel trumpet

This is a chance to find some wonderful and unusual tropical varieties at great prices and from the growers who produced them and can talk about the plant details and care.

Admission is FREE.  Food and beverages are available at The Banyan refreshment area. For more information call Debbie or Janice at 239-334-7419.

Vendor registration forms may be found on our website.