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

NEW – Member & Community Plot Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 6th

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.

community garden dec 2014 300x208 NEW   Member & Community Plot GardenThe 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.

Complete the form or call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 for more information, or visit our Web site to download the form.

 

Garden Talk: Tropical Plants for Holiday Decorations

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 1st
  • December 13, 10:00 a.m.

garden talk dec 2014 bromeliad 300x241 Garden Talk: Tropical Plants for Holiday Decorations      Join Debbie Hughes and Todd Roy for a hands-on workshop on making centerpieces and other holiday decorations from live plants including our favorite Tillandsia air plants, Christmas Cactus, herbs, and other unique materials. The workshop will be held on the Museum West Porch. Debbie and Todd are both artists as well as Edison Ford Horticulture Staff. The Garden Shoppe offers a 10% discount to Members as well as class participants.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10 helps us defray the cost of materials. Participants are welcome to stay all day.

Pre-register by email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of the class. Space is limited to 25 and always best to pre-register.

 

 

 

Edison Ford Community Garden – All NEW

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 12th

Beginning in November, a community member can rent garden plots in the Edison Ford Community Garden adjacent to the Nursery.  The soil will be prepared and sites marked off.  There will be a limited number of garden plots. Register early.

Cost: $20 per month. Contact Sandra Drake, Garden Shoppe Manager, at 239-334-7419 for information. To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Garden Market 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th
  • November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.garden market 3 300x223 Edison Garden Market 2014

Dozens of vendors from throughout Florida will be selling exotic and tropical plants, trees, garden art and supplies. The Garden Market attracts gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items.

The event is FREE to the public.

 

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November Garden Talk: Vegetables in Florida Gardens and Containers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 4th
  • garden talk veg garden nov 2014 261x300 November Garden Talk: Vegetables in Florida Gardens and ContainersNovember 8, 10:00 a.m.

Join Edison Ford Master Gardener Todd Roy to learn what seasonal vegetables to plant in Florida and how to plant and care for them in raised beds, box gardens and containers.

At Edison Ford, the vegetable gardens have been successful in several areas and participants will visit the gardens, the propagating nursery and NEW community garden. The Garden Shoppe will have vegetable plants available for sale with discounts for Members and class participants.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10 helps us defray the cost of materials. Participants are welcome to stay all day.

Pre-register by email at LCriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of the class. Space is limited to 25 pre-registration is recommended.

 

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.