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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 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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Tree Sale – Edison Ford Garden Shoppe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 28th

caesalpinia pulcherrima 300x209 Summer Tree Sale   Edison Ford Garden ShoppeThe Edison and Ford families both loved their trees and we have a great collection of some of their favorites in the Garden Shoppe, which are propagated by horticultural staff and volunteers. This summer, we have special prices on some very unusual trees and will help you with planting directions. It is good to call ahead to be sure a garden horticulturalist is available to help you. We also do special orders and are a UF Master Gardener site. Remember Members receive a 10% discount. Some of the unusual and favorite trees are: Candle Nut, Calabash, Tamarind, Red Kapok, Bangar Nut, Pink Silk Floss and False Rubber Tree-Mascarenhasia (blooms smell like buttered popcorn) which Edison used for his rubber research.

 

Volunteer program with Debbie Hughes

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 25th

 July 8, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building  Lecture Hall

      Guest speaker Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist, will talk about Edison Ford’s involvement with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), a worldwide plant and rescue program. Edison Ford is a plant yellow orchid 225x300 Volunteer program with Debbie Hughesrescue site for orchids that are confiscated at our nation’s seaports and airports. Over 150 countries have agreed to participate in the trade agreement that ensures the survival of wild animals and plants.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public.

 

 

 

 

Garden Talk: How to Prune Your Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 20th
  • dombeya1 300x232 Garden Talk: How to Prune Your GardenJuly 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 gift certificate for a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.