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Hypertufa Planters appearing at the Edison Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 16th

hypertufa pots 001Come to the Edison Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe or The Edison Shoppes in Bell Tower both in Fort Myers, FL for Hypertufa pots and planters. Did you know the “Edison Portland Cement Company” in 1899 improved the production of cement with a special patented process we still use today? These containers are a fashionable way to show off a myriad of plant varieties. It could be succulents, orchids, herbs, or whatever your imagination inspires using these hand-made wonders. Two of our awesome volunteers have spent their winters when the weather is cool and dry making square and circular troughs-some with high sides and other with low sides crafted with portand cement, peat moss, perlite, and just enough water to expertly hold together yet amazingly lightweight. Some example of the plants either placed or planted inside the troughs cavities include: succulents, herbs, annual flowers, orchids, and even miniature fairy gardens. The aesthetics are one of a kind making the pots great gifts for that “got everything else kind of person!” The unique coarsely textured modern forms are fashioned to resemble antique troughs reminiscent of 18th Century Enhypertufa pots 004gland.

Rose Expert to Speak

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 8th

rose april 2014● April 12, 10:00 a.m.

     Learn from Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist and member of the Rose Society, and guest speaker and noted rosarian, Pennie Crawford, about how to grow roses successfully in southwest Florida. The talk will include how to plant, what is the best soil mix, watering, fertilizing, pest control and what types of roses do best in our climate. The Garden Talk includes a walk to the historic rose gardens on the Edison and Ford Estates. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Pre-registration not required.