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Archive for September, 2013

Edison Research Laboratory/Goldenrod Project

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 4th

     With the completion of the restoration of the Edison Research Laboratory building, staff and consultants are continuing research and development to understand and replicate the exciting work that Edison was conducting for this project almost a hundred years ago.

      This summer, garden staff and volunteers began the work to restore some of the beds of rubber producing plants that were tested on site by Edison and his research staff.  The photo shows the goldenrod beds that were planted this summer and our giant thriving goldenrod. Plants were started by seed several months ago and are maturing well with summer rains and heat.

      Of all of the 17,000 plants tested, goldenrod proved to be the best suited to the Florida environment growing to a staggering 15 feet and able to be harvested several times a year.  In fact, a variety was named for the scientist himself, Thomas Edison, pictured here in 1929. goldenrod project

NEW Season – Edison Ford Garden Talk Schedule

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 3rd

     The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers Garden Talks in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe and propagating nursery at 9:00am on the second Saturday of every month. Edison Ford horticultural staff instructs participants on a variety of topics relating to gardening in southwest Florida.

 Garden Talk Schedule 2013 – 2014

  •  September 14 – Edison’s Rubber Research Plantsyellow orchid
  • October 12 – Vegetable Gardens – Getting Started
  • November 9 – Plant Propagating and Aftercare
  • December 14 – Container Planting and Terrariums
  • January 11 – Orchids
  • February 8 – Bougainvillea and Flowering Vines
  • March 8 – Evening Gardens
  • April 12  – Trees for Arbor Day
  • May 10 – Herbs
  • June 14 – Mangoes and Tropical Fruits

      The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Admission is always free and parking is easy. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5 per session. All participants receive a 20% discount at the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

      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.  Garden Tours may be included in a group Garden Talk for an additional fee. For more information call 239-334-7419.