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

Edison Garden Festival February 13-14 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 6th

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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.

Edison Garden Festival 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 14th
  • November 21, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Garden Market 2010  The annual Edison Garden Festival will host dozens of vendors from all over the state of Florida, selling thousands of exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies. Plants available for sale will include palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, orchids, air plants, succulents, cactus and many hard-to-find species. Vendors also will have garden supplies and gift items, including mulch, trellises, pottery and jewelry.

In addition, master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. FREE event admission and parking.

Hypertufa Class

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 11th

● November 14, 9:00 a.m. – Noon AND November 21, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join Jim Hopton, our volunteer and artist, in this two-part workshop to learn how to make a molded hypertufa bowl out of Edison’s Portland Cement mixed with peat moss and perlite. The first Saturday participants will make the hypertufa bowl 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 Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.hypertufa pots 001

November 2015 Garden Talk

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 4th

Garden Talk: Growing Orchids

  • November 14, 10:00 a.m. – Meet at the Information Booth

      When Mina Edison lived at the Estates, it was her desire to place orchids in trees as they  grow in nature. Come learn how and where to grow orchids in trees and on various wood, cork, or hypertufa slabs. Guest speaker, Marilyn Vidussi, of Marilyn’s Exotic Orchids, along with Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt Staff Horticulturist will take you on a tour of what is growing in the trees. Marilyn has grown orchids for over 30 years and she will share all of her do’s and don’ts – making growing orchids easy and fun. Orchids will be for sale and also hypertufa slabs made by Jim Hopton, our volunteer and artist.

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.yellow orchid

 

 

 

Edison Ford Garden Visitors

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 18th

garden bee on blue pea vine As our gardens expand, so does the variety of visitors we see here. Our Blue Pea Vine has caught the attention of the Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) as evidenced by the eggs and larva we have found on the leaves.  Shown below, the newly-hatched larvae are no bigger than a mosquito larva.

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Long-tailed Skipper larvae on the Blue Pea Vine

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  Tropical Sage

 

Attracting butterflies to your yard is easy when you have the right larval host plants. Visit our Garden Shoppe for a variety of host plants, as well as showy nectar plants. We are open from 9:00am to 5:30pm seven days a week.

October 2015 Garden Talk

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 2nd

Garden Talk: Vegetable Gardening for Southwest Florida

  • October 10, 10:00 a.m. – Meet at the Information Booth

      It is a very special month for Edison Ford’s Garden Talk with Guest Speaker and Master Gardener Karen Harty. Staff Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes and Janice Schmidt will join Harty for a morning dedicated to learning about vegetable gardening in Southwest Florida. Harty created “Grow a Gardener” program and is leader of the VegHeads 4-H Youth Club devoted to growing edibles. She also started the Edible Gardening Exchange meetings, where once a month they discuss edible gardening topics from strawberries to potatoes. Besides many of the unusual vegetables Edison Ford’s Garden Shoppe sells, Harty will have special seeds and small plants, and might even bring some strawberries.

HUGE RADISH     Don’t know what to grow? Unsure how to get started? Come to Edison Ford community garden to see what can be done and how to do grow garden edibles. Raised beds, raised berms and mounds will all be discussed, as well as organic controls for pests, and the best variety of plants to grow.

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.

 


Annual Fall Plant Fair

November 20 – 22

      Dozens of vendors selling unusual tropical plants, workshops and special discounts in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. More to come!

 

Edison Ford Community Garden Season Begins in October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 22nd

     The Community Garden is ready to start again for the season. We have been growing sweet potatoes which we started harvesting, and a few brave gardeners have kept up their gardens during the summer.

The beds are already being taken at our new prices for the October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016 season. New this year is a yearly fee to make it easier. Visit our Web site to download the form for garden plot registration.

To help you become more successful in growing your garden, Garden Talk on October 10th will have Karen Harty of “Grow a Gardener” speaking about vegetable gardening in Southwest Florida. As always a 20% gift certificate is given to all participants in the Garden Talk.

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