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Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 20th
  • Every Wednesday – 10:30 a.m.  community garden jan 2015 garden tour

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.



NEW – Member & Community Plot Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 15th

community garden jan 2015     Garden spots are still available in the new Edison Plot Garden, located behind the lab but filling up fast with interested gardeners and family groups. There are only 20 plots available in this new “experiment” of Edison Ford’s garden staff.

The garden area is entirely organic and each 4×10 plot has already had the soil amended and waiting for a renting gardener. In fact, staff created this garden area a few years ago and it is so successful that we are opening it to Members and the community.

Organic vegetables and seed are Available in the Garden Shoppe and Garden staff is available for advice.

Download the form from our garden page or call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 for more Information.


Bromeliads Add Color to Your Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 13th











We decorated our Christmas Tree this year for Holiday Nights with 2 types of Neoreglias called ‘Tres Colores’ and ‘Roots and Roots’. It was great fun to see them used in a way we don’t usually use them.  We have been planting them in our gardens here at the Edison Ford Winter Estates, but we are offering them to gardeners here in SWFL at Buy One Get One.

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There are many types of Bromeliads.   You may be familiar with sweet Pineapples-surprise they are a bromeliad or Spanish Moss-those air plants are a bromeliad.   Most grow  in a semi-shaded area adding great color to your low maintenance garden, but there are a few varieties that need sun to give them the great coloration.  Some are grown for their form, for their bloom spikes that can last for months, or or unique colors.  Why not add them to your garden this season.





Edison Festival Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 8th
  • February 14 & 15 

     The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be host to dozens of plant vendors for a weekend of fun, great plants and activities.

Some of the vendor items include:  garden market setup 2014

  •  Large trees
  •  Orchids
  •  Bromeliads
  •  Flowering tropical shrubs
  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Fruit trees
  • Heritage shrubs like yesterday today tomorrow, lady of the night, angel trumpet

This is a chance to find some wonderful and unusual tropical varieties at great prices and from the growers who produced them and can talk about the plant details and care.

Admission is FREE.  Food and beverages are available at The Banyan refreshment area. For more information call Debbie or Janice at 239-334-7419.

Vendor registration forms may be found on our website.



Now Accepting Vendor Registrations for 2015 Edison Festival Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 5th

garden market 1Vendors may now register for space at the Edison Festival Garden Market, to be held at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates February 14-15 2015. Interested vendors please visit our Web site to download the registration form.

Learn to Make Hypertufa at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 2nd
  • January 15 & 22 (two day class), 10:00 a.m. – Edison Greenhouse

hypertufa orb      Using Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and water, sculpt up to three orbs that you can hang or place in a pot. By attaching tillandsia (air plant), you will create a one-of-a-kind miniature living garden sculpture. Jim Hopton, retired art teacher, and inventor of the Edison Orb, along with Debbie Hughes, will instruct the two-part class in the Edison Greenhouse. The two-part class is limited to 10  participants, with a week in between for proper drying time. You will need to bring rubber kitchen gloves, and we will provide remaining supplies plus one air plant! To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Cost: $30 for the two day class.