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Hypertufa Class at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 24th

Come to the Edison Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe in Fort Myers, FL for our Unique 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 to use these hand-made wonders.

In case you want to learn how to do this process on your own, we are offering a CRAFT YOUR OWN   HYPERTUFA SHOEBOX TROUGH taught by our own extraordinary volunteer JIM HOPTON.

This two-day workshop is offered MARCH 7TH at 10:00am, meeting in the Greenhouse Propagating Nursery (2 hours).  Then a MARCH 10 second day of the workshop an AM/PM schedule to accommodate the participants. (1.5 hours).  The workshop is two days to allow for proper drying to the trough before it is taken home by the participant.

Edison Ford Members fee:  $30, non-members fee:  $35

Bring shoebox-all other supplies are provided

Call the main office at 239/334-7419-ask to speak to Leanne Criswell to register.

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Learn to Make Hypertufa Shoebox Trough at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 8th


  • March 7 (Day 1 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. – Edison Greenhouse
  • March 10 (Day 2 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. – Edison Greenhouse 

hypertufa planter     Continuing with our popular Hypertufa Garden projects, participants will create a rustic plant trough using a shoebox. Learn all the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two day workshop. The second day of the workshop we will offer a flexible AM/PM schedule to help accommodate all participants. Succulents will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe to finish out your trough with a planting.

Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Bring a shoebox to this workshop and all remaining supplies will be provided. To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $30 for the two day class; non-members $35 for the two day class.


Edison Festival Garden Market

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 4th
  • February 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; February 15, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

     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: 

  • Large treesgarden market feb 2015
  • Orchids
  • Bromeliads
  • Flowering tropical shrubs
  • Bamboo
  • Succulents
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Fruit trees
  • Heritage shrubs like yesterday-today-tomorrow, lady of the night, angel trumpet


garden market bougainvilleaThis 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.

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

Admission is FREE, and parking is FREE