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Archive for May, 2015

NEWS FLASH … FREE DAILY … Ask the Horticulturist

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 21st
  • Daily, 10:30 a.m. – Meet in the Garden Shoppe

Garden shoppe sign may 2015      Meet with an Edison Ford Horticulturist, bring your questions or even your unhealthy plants.  Includes the Propagating Nursery, the Member and Community Plot Garden and the Garden Shoppe to see what is new. Learn what can grow in a pot or a plot. Get advice from the experts about soil, watering and pruning. See the newly expanded Garden Shoppe and what flowers are in bloom and for sale. Let the horticulturist help you choose what is best for your yard or vegetable plot, and if you have time, join a full Garden Tour every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for an additional cost.


Moonlight Garden Plants Featured in Garden Shoppe

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 15th

garden moonlight garden plants     Just in time for the “Spring Planter’s Moon,” the expanded Garden Shoppe has a wide assortment of plants which are suited for nighttime viewing – many of them white or pastel and heavily scented, like the Begonia Oderata pictured, and the Edison favorite, Java White.

The plants include: Begonia Oderata, Lady of the Night, Gaura, Sun Hosta, Night Blooming Jasmine, Jasmine Sambac and other Jasmine varieties, Petrea or Queen’s Wreath, Java White, Stephanotis, Gardenias, Asystasia, White Candles, Dusty Miller and Euphorbia Silver Fog.

The Garden Shoppe is open daily for all of your gardening needs.


Garden Talk: Orchids, Easy Tips and Hands-On Workshop

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 5th
  • May 9, 10:00 a.m. – Museum West Porch

       We will show you how to re-pot your orchid and you can purchase supplies and pots in our Garden Shoppe.

orchid debbie     Orchids can be hugely successful in Southwest Florida if you have the know-how. They can also be a relatively carefree year round bloomer. Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturist and orchid specialist, and Janice Schmidt, Horticulturist and Garden Shoppe Manager, will lead the workshop. There will also be some very special orchids available for sale and just in time for Mother’s Day.

A hundred years ago, Mina and Thomas and Clara and Henry planted hundreds of orchids in the trees in their two estates. Edison Ford has been managing and adding to their collection with great success and close to 500 orchids are located throughout the property.

Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. (Pre-register by email, by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or register the day of class.)

Note: Participants might want to park at the new Botanical Garden Shoppe entrance at the corner of McGregor and Larchmont. Look for the new walkway and a new wood pergola is coming. Enter through the bougainvillea hedge.

Edison Ford Moonlight Garden Walk

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 1st
  • May 5, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. – Meet at The Marina at Edison Ford, First Floor of Pinchers in the new Marina Room & Bar

      The gardens and historical buildings of Edison Ford look very different in the moonlight. Many plants come alive at night. Blossoms open and the perfumes are stronger in the evening.

Mina Edison hired Ellen Biddle Shipman, America’s first woman landscape architect, to install the Edison Moonlight Garden in 1926, when Henry Ford moved Edison’s first laboratory to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. This beautiful garden features white and variegated plants that are especially fragrant at nighttime. There is a reflecting pool to mirror the stars and the moon.

The Caloosahatchee will be the best viewing spot for the Spring Planter’s Moon on the water. The river seawall and the lily pond have just been restored, which will add to the beauty of the evening.

moon rise      The evening will begin in the new Marina Room & Bar on the first level of Pinchers, at The Marina at Edison Ford. Registration will be available at 7:30 p.m. and extend through 8:30 p.m. We suggest that participants arrive around 8:00 p.m. to enjoy the moonrise at 8:30 p.m. Registration may be done in advance by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 with a credit card number or you can email Leeanne at A maximum of 100 participants will be able to attend the moonlit tour. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $15.

The tour will be led by Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist and members of the Historian Staff. Janice Schmidt, Garden Shoppe Manager and Horticulturist, will have a special Moonlight Garden Plant Sale set up in the courtyard between the Marina and Edison Ford for purchase of plants that night. The Marina Room will be set up with a full bar service and Pinchers will be open for dinner for pre-program dining.