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?

Stormscaping, Pruning and Trimming for Summer – Workshop

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 10th

● May 21, 10:30 a.m.
Rick Joyce, Certified Arborist, Nurseryman, and President of Forestry Resources will be presenting a hands-on workshop on how to prune, trim and most importantly, prepare your trees and shrubs for the summer season. Come prepared to learn a lot with hands-on in the gardens at Edison Ford.

trees dwarf poinciana palmRick is also going to stock the Garden Shoppe with some of his native Florida trees and shrubs. Meet at the information booth at the Edison Ford garden. Participants will receive a 20% discount certificate to be used in the Edison Ford Garden Shop.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at
lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Garden Talk: How to Care for Bougainvilleas to Get Those Awesome Blooms

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 4th

● May 14, 10:00 a.m.
bougain fertilizerEdison’s secretary wrote to Ford’s secretary, emphasizing Edison’s insistence that his vines be unharmed when the lab was removed. “Which vines do you mean Mr. Edison?” They were probably the Bougainvillea often seen in earlier pictures on the electric lab trellis. We have many varieties of Bougainvillea on the Edison property so you can see just how they grow.

Guest speaker, Tom Scannell, Owner of Bougainvillea Growers Inc., a plants man and scientist, who has developed the fertilizer necessary for growing the best blooming Bougainvilleas in South Florida. Tom will discuss the different varieties for your yard and the importance of pruning for growth and bloom.

Participants will meet at the information booth at the Edison Ford garden. They will receive a 20% discount certificate to be used in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or
lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Spring break camp Isaiah in front of Bouganvilla

April Garden Talk: Trees and Shrubs for Health and Bloom

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 4th

• April 9, 10:00 a.m.
garden talk april 2016 angel trumpetsGuest speaker Rick Joyce, Certified Arborist, and President of Forestry Resources, Inc. will present a short PowerPoint and have a hands-on demonstration to show the basics of pruning trees and shrubs in your garden. Joyce is an Eagle Scout and was a participant in Lee County Schools’ environmental education program. He is a graduate of Edison State College and University of Central Florida.

Meet at the information booth at the Edison Ford garden. Participants will receive a 20% discount certificate to be used in the Edison Ford Garden Shop.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Edison Ford Garden Shoppe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 15th

greenhouse garden talk janiceThe Garden Shoppe is a very popular spot for experienced or new gardeners to buy interesting Florida plants and also to learn and see how the plants will work in a garden. Garden Shoppe Manager, Janice Schmidt is a trained horticulturist with a background in growing plants as well as stocking a great and interesting Garden Shoppe. She also oversees plant propagation for location into the historic gardens and for the sale of plants.

garden talk july 2015 debbie and billOther garden staff include a group of dedicated UF Master Gardeners, Bill Frye (pictured) and Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist. The Garden Shoppe is staffed seven days a week during all open hours, so it’s convenient for casual and serious gardeners. The Garden Shoppe also stocks a great selection of hostess gifts like herb baskets.

For easy parking, use the Larchmont Avenue parking lot at the new Red Garden Pavilion.

Garden Talk: Growing Your Own Cut Flower Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 4th

● March 12, 10:00 a.m.
garden talk March 2016 flower bedIn 1909 an Edison flower order included many annual vegetables and flowers, and the order started with “1 pair of scissors for cutting.” The Edison’s truck garden contained Cutting Flowers and Roses for bouquets placed throughout Seminole Lodge and the Guest House. Come see what is growing in our new raised bed “Cut Flower Garden,” and find out how to be successful from seeds. Seeds will be available for purchase.

Moringa bloomsIn addition, Guest Speaker Robert James, a retired professor, will discuss how to grow Moringa, the new superfood. You will learn ways to use this wonderful leaf, as well as, understand the importance of this plant for countries in difficult situations. Moringa products will be available for purchase.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Hand-Painted Herb Box Class

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 12th

· February 20, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Garden herb basketJoin Jim Hopton, art teacher and artist, to hand-paint a unique herb box. Using a strawberry box, decorate the wooden container with faux painting techniques, such as color washing, stenciling, and gilding.

Edison Ford Garden Shoppe has all the plants and herbs to fill the box with herbs to grow. All supplies and one herb are included in this one day workshop. The class is limited to 10 participants. Cost: Edison Ford Members $40; non-members $45. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Garden Festival February 13-14 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 6th

Garden Festival kelly

Hypertufa Shoebox Trough Class

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 3rd

● January 9, 9:00 a.m. – Noon AND January 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
hypertufa box dec 2015 updateJoin Jim Hopton, our volunteer and artist, in this two-part workshop to learn how to make a rustic hypertufa plant trough using a shoebox. Learn the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two part workshop. The first Saturday participants will make the hypertufa shoebox trough and the second Saturday they will be cleaned and ready to take home. The finished pot is great for growing succulents which you can purchase in our Garden Shoppe.

The class will be held in the Propagating Greenhouse. The class is limited to 10 participants.
Cost: Edison Ford Members $50; non-members $55. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at
lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Garden Talk: Growing Herbs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 31st

● January 9, 10:00 a.m. – Meet at the Information Booth
herbs jan 2016Join Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes and Garden Shoppe Manager, Janice Schmidt and learn how to grow your own herbs for your culinary creations. Winter and Spring are the prime time to grow herbs in Florida. We will discuss using herbs in cooking, baking, teas, and just for the fragrance. This garden talk includes a tour of the Edison herb gardens, growing and harvesting strategies in raised beds, containers, or herb mounds, as well as scrumptious herbal recipes. Herbs will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe – usual herbs as well as unusual herbs. Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

 

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. Purchase Garden Talk wristband at the ticket counter. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Garden Talk: Holiday Flowering Plants and Native Trees

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 1st

christmas cactus December 5, 10:00 a.m. – Meet at the Information Booth (Note change of date)

Join Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes and Garden Shoppe Manager Janice Schmidt to learn how to care for “the blossoms of the season” such as Amaryllis (Paper Whites & Bulbs), Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Crown of Thorns (Edison’s Euphorbia rubber plant).

Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.