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

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

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.

 

Garden Talk – Rain Barrels

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 25th
  • IMG 20140523 152855 225x300 Garden Talk    Rain BarrelsJune 14, 10:00 a.m.

Thomas Edison was resourceful and with a rain water collection system was able to grow thriving gardens along the Caloosahatchee River in the early 1900’s.

Using some of the same conservation techniques, participants will learn about establishing rain gardens and using rain barrels from Edison Ford Horticultural Staff and University of Florida/Lee County Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program.

Cost: Members are FREE; non-members $5. Rain barrels will be available for purchase. Each participant will receive a gift certificate for a  20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

 

Garden Walk: Moonlight Gardens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

● May 17, 7:00 p.m.angels trumpet peach 224x300 Garden Walk: Moonlight Gardens

     Join Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton and Senior Horticulturist Debbie Hughes for a moonlight stroll of the Edison Moonlight Garden. The Moonlight Garden will come to life with scents and sights only to be seen during a full moon.

Participants will meet at Pinchers Restaurant at The Marina at Edison Ford and walk through the Coconut Grove to the award-winning garden. Registration is required by calling 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

 

Garden Talk: Moonlight Gardens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 8th

● May 10, 10:00 a.m.

moonlight garden may 2014 199x300 Garden Talk: Moonlight Gardens      Join Edison Ford horticulturists to learn how to design and plant your own Moonlight Garden. The talk will include elements of a moonlight garden, plant selections that work best in Southwest Florida and a tour of the garden.

 

All participants will receive a 20% discount in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Registration not required.

 

 

 

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.