Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photos: Tropical trees and plants are located throughout the gardens at Edison Ford including Jack Fruit and Starfruit
Fort Myers, FL (July 5, 2013)
Throughout the gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates tropical fruits are plentiful with many typical varieties known to thrive in Florida including mangoes, avocados and starfruit; and several lesser known varieties including black sapote, Barbados cherry and lychees. Join Edison Ford horticultural staff on July 14 at 9 a.m and learn how to plant for success and enjoy the “fruits of your labor.”
Edison Ford Garden Talks are held the second Saturday of every month in the Garden Shoppe. Edison Ford horticultural staff instruct participants on a variety of topics relating to gardening in Southwest Florida.
Garden Talk schedule for the 2012 – 2013 includes:
August 11 – Orchid Care and Re-potting
September 8 – Fall Edible Gardens
October 13 – Color Your Gardens
November 10 – Growing and Using Citrus
December 8 – Holiday Plants – All Year Long
January 12 – Winter Edible Gardens
February 9 – Roses: Choosing the Right Varieties
March 9 – How to Harvest and Use Herbs
April 13 – Edison’s Favorite Plant – Bamboo
May 11 – The Secrets of Growing Hibiscus and Gardenias
June 8 – Mango Season
July 13 – Building and Growing in Raised Bed Gardens
The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission is always free and parking is easy. The series is free to Edison Ford members; $5 for non-members per session. All participants receive a 20% discount at the Garden Shoppe.
The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe offers a variety of items, gifts and services including memorial/celebration trees to commemorate a family member, event, friend or marriage; Edison heritage plants propagated in the Edison Ford Nursery; garden staff and volunteers available for gardening advice; hard-to-find tropical fruit trees and a garden blog at www.tropicalfloridagardens.com.
Groups of 15 or more may call to register for customized Edison Ford Garden Talks offered throughout the year, with advance notice and subject to availability.
The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.