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Weekly Edison Ford Garden Tours Return for Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 29th

Edison Ford Garden Tours

● Wednesdays, November 6 – April 30, 10:30 a.m.

garden tour pool pond      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy and garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families. The Edison Ford Garden Tour is available every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

      Thomas and Mina Edison came to Fort Myers in 1886. During the next four decades, they created a lovely winter estate complex that included riverside homes, one of the earliest private pools, two laboratories and 15 acres of combined research, family and native plant gardens. Thomas Edison designed the gardens of his winter estate for many purposes, including research on the practical and industrial uses of agricultural and native plants. Today many of the original plants are still thriving. The gardens still include many varieties of bamboo and rubber plants that Edison used in his original research as well as fruit trees, palms, roses, orchids and a Moonlight Garden. Henry Ford purchased the adjacent property in 1916 and developed his own gardens.

      After the tour participants are encouraged to explore further with an audio tour of the site (available in English, German, French and Spanish), visit the Edison Botanic Research Lab and Edison Ford Museum filled with inventions, artifacts and activities, all included in the price of admission. Registration is not required. Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $30.

 

 

 

Garden Talk – Vegetable Gardens … Getting Started

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 5th

● October 12, 9:00 a.m.

      Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy to learn how to start a fall garden for winter harvest.

garden talk vegetable raised bed     

Nearly one hundred years ago the Edison family grew fruits and vegetables on their winter estate and today the site has a year round organic vegetable garden, dozens of fruit trees and raised vegetable bed gardens as well as an Emerging Inventor’s Garden tended by children ages one – three years old. Participants will learn which vegetables thrive and how to start and maintain their own garden at home. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

      Workshop includes tour of the Edison Ford demonstration garden. For more information call 239-334-7419.