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September Garden Talk – Edison’s Rubber Research Plants

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 31st

● September 14, 9:00 a.m.

      Thomas Edison evaluated more than 17,000 varieties of latex producing plants and trees at his Fort Myers Laboratory.  Many of these varieties can be found on his winter estates.

      Join Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy for a tour of the gardens and learn the history of Edison’s botanical research and how to make them part of your garden at home.  Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

      Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.banyan tree

Garden Talk – Growing Roses in Southwest Florida

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 3rd

Growing Roses in Southwest Florida

● August 10, 9:00 a.m.

 pink rose     Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford both had a love for many flowers, but roses were among their favorite. Tour the NEW Clara Bryant Ford Rose Garden at the Ford estate and the heirloom rose collection at the Edison estate with Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy and learn which varieties of roses grow best in Southwest Florida, as well as tips on planting, pruning and fertilizing. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

      Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

 

NEW at Edison Ford ~ Clara Ford Rose Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 3rd
Rose garden at Fair Lane, the Fords' Michigan estate.

Rose garden at Fair Lane, the Fords’ Michigan estate.

Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, had a passion and love for roses. Fair Lane, the 1,300 acre Michigan estate of the Fords had more than 350 varieties of roses and 10,000 rose plants in their five acre garden.

 The historic rose garden at the Ford’s winter estate features antique and heirloom roses of the 1920s era, adapted to the southwest Florida climate. Mrs. Ford’s favorites were tea roses in shades of yellow and white. Alongside these other soft pastel colors of pink and peach have been added as accents. The rose garden is designed to be viewed and enjoyed from the front porch of their estate, or by a short stroll along the path leading to the Edison Ford Friendship Gate.

      The rose varieties are on Fortuniana Rootstock and are available through the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe located at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Call Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy at 239-334-7419 to order roses.

      peggy campbellThe August Edison Ford Garden Talk, “Growing Roses in Southwest Florida” will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. Hottovy will lead a tour of the Edison Ford Rose Collection and offer tips on planting, pruning and general care of roses.  More information will follow on this blog.   

     Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden was provided by Peggy Campbell, great niece of Clara Bryant Ford. Garden materials provided by Forestry Resources, Inc. and Nelson’s Florida Roses.

 yellow pink rose     Rose varieties in the Clara Ford Rose Garden include: Sunfare, Sunsprite, Belinda’s Dream, St. Patrick, Nightingale, Midas Touch, Flo Nelson, Mellow Yelloe, September Mourn, White Success, White Christmas, Love & Peace, Marilyn Monroe

ford house with rose garden

Left to right: Steve Hottovy, Historic Garden Manager; Sass Edwards, Board Chair; Ann and Tom Smoot, Charles Edison Fund; Bern Davis, Edison Ford Patron; Chris Pendleton, Edison Ford CEO

Left to right: Steve Hottovy, Historic Garden Manager; Sass Edwards, Board Chair; Ann and Tom Smoot, Charles Edison Fund; Bern Davis, Edison Ford Patron; Chris Pendleton, Edison Ford CEO