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Thomas Edison Gets Top Garden Award

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 28th

    At the annual Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Conference Thomas Edison was honored with their top award recognizing his leadership in the development ofedison goldenrod horticulture and agriculture in Florida.

      Edison created the headquarters for the Edison Botanic Research Corporation at his Florida estate in Fort Myers, conducting botanical research on more than 17,000 plants to find a successful source for natural rubber. Edison also contributed to ground-breaking research with Luther Burbank as it pertained to the hybridization of plants, leading to the Plant Patent Act of 1930. During this time, Edison hybridized strands of Goldenrod, more than doubling the size and latex production of the plant.

      The Edison Botanic Research Corporation Laboratory is the most recently restored structure at Edison Ford, having been completed in 2012. Through extensive research, the lab was restored back to its original appearance and is furnished as it would have been in 1929 and is a proud landmark of his successful research!

 

 

 

Garden Talk – Mango Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 25th

● June 8, 9:00 a.m.mangos

      Both the Edison and Ford families loved mangoes and fruits are beginning to ripen throughout their estates. Join Edison Ford horticulturists and learn about the different types of mangoes including the historic varieties that have grown here for decades and the secrets for growing success.

      Fruit will be available for tasting and purchase and participants will receive 20% off in the Garden Shoppe.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.