About a century ago, the Edison and Ford families planted hundreds of interesting plants and trees in the gardens of their estates in Fort Myers. Today, we call these ‘heritage trees and plants,’ and they are an important living part of the history and the legacy of the site. Preservationists call this the ‘cultural landscape,’ and we feel equally that it is important to preserve and continue the ‘old Florida’ landscape for generations to come.
For the past six years, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been reintroducing these important old trees in a project we call the ’sistering’ which means we are introducing new young plants along side our maturing older plants to keep the landscape the same. We have had a number of individuals, families, organizations and clubs that want to help with this ongoing project. The tree planting ceremony at Edison Ford is also a meaningful way to commemorate a marriage, to celebrate a birth of a child, to honor an important family member or to acknowledge an event.
Recently the members of the Periwinkle Garden Club planted a flowering tree in memory of a club member and gathered at the Edison Estate. Mina Edison was a member of the Periwinkle Garden Club many years ago, and the Periwinkle members continue to be very active at Edison Ford.
The list of heritage plants for the sister tree project is available on the Edison Ford website at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/celebration-tree-plantings/ or by calling the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419.