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?

July Garden Talk: Hot Plants for Hot Sunny Florida

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 1st

● July 9, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Summertime gardeners are happy to welcome the much needed rain for all of South Florida’s beautiful tropical plants ready to burst forth with blooms.

Desert rose, Adenium obesumWith these summer rain showers, we also have our sunshine! One of the many concerns in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe is, “I need a plant that can take the full sun, because I don’t have any shade in my yard.” Edison horticulturists are here to help you decide which plants will thrive in your hot sunny garden.

We will discuss what you can do to get more shade with the appropriate small trees for small properties, how to plant, fertilize, and do basic maintenance.

Participants will receive a 20% discount certificate to be used in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Meet at the Information Booth after signing in at the ticket office. Wear comfortable shoes for walking the gardens and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.

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

Butterflies for All at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 8th

butterfly life cycleThe Butterfly Garden at Edison Ford is really thriving and it’s open everyday and free. The Butterfly garden is a magical place, so come out and learn how to create one in your home garden or patio with the help of horticulturists Debbie Hughes, Janice Schmidt, Kyle Wade, or our garden volunteers.

We offer the nectar and host plants, plus books and supplies to start this wonderful garden hobby “Butterflies for All.” So stop by the Garden Shoppe. For easy access to the gardens parking is available at the Larchmont Avenue entrance at the Red Pergola.

butterflies monarchsbutterfly orange and blue

 

Garden Talk: Bromeliads

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 27th

● June 11, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
kyle with bromeliadWhether you would like to learn about bromeliads, or want to add to your existing collection, you won’t want to miss this garden talk! Come listen to Edison Ford Horticulturist, Kyle Wade talk about bromeliads and learn which ones will be best for your garden.

Did you know that there are more than 2,500 species of bromeliads? These low-maintenance plants add interest to our Florida gardens with variations in size, color, flowers, and light requirements. They are well suited for our tropical climate, making them a perfect addition to any landscape. You can even anchor them to trees or driftwood for a dramatic effect.

bromeliadsBecause bromeliads can live on the surface of another plant without the need for soil, they are classified as epiphytes. A great example is the Tillandsias, or air plant. If you go for a walk in many of the local preserves, look up into the tree canopies and you’re sure to see the Tillandsia. In the spring, you can see dozens of them blooming with bright inflorescence. The air plant also makes a great gift and it’s easy to transport so you can take it up north. They can grow in terrariums or even hung from seashells suspended from colorful wire. Spanish Moss is the most common air plant in this area that we see hanging like necklaces from 100 year old live oak trees.

Many people don’t realize that the pineapple is a bromeliad! This edible plant, or the Ananas, is used in fruit salads and cold drinks around the world. It was even a symbol of hospitality, welcoming guests into their homes. When Edison was alive, south Florida was the “pineapple capital.”

Whether you have a sunny space or shaded area, there are bromeliads for every type of garden. Some garden standouts include the rosette shaped Neoreglia that offers vibrant color or the much taller grander specimens in the Aechmea family, such as the raspberry “sum bromeliad,” which is capable of
growing in full sun. The Guzmania and Vriesia varieties are excellent choices for shaded gardens or interior atriums with multiple long-lasting blooms on spikes held high above the mesmerizing leaf patterns.

Bromeliads are fun to share with your neighbors, family and friends! They have an amazing ability to replicate themselves over and over again. The main plant (the mother) produces offsets or pups and then the pups can be separated once they reach 1/3 the size of the mother plant.

tillandsia in lightbulbThe Edison Ford Garden Shoppe has many bromeliads for sale. Many vendors at our upcoming Edison Ford Garden Festival on November 19 – 20 and Edison Ford Plant Festival on February 11 – 12 will also have bromeliads available. Thomas and Mina Edison were interested in growing whatever would grow in their tropical paradise, so it is no surprise to find a bromeliad growing in every nook and cranny on the estates property.

Participants will receive a 20% discount certificate to be used in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Meet at the Information Booth after signing in at the ticket office. Wear comfortable shoes for walking the gardens and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water.

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

 

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