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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Trial Run of the Botanical Illustration Course Creates Beautiful Artwork

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 20th

One of the perks of being a volunteer at the Estates (besides free admission to  the Estates and other gardens around the country) is the opportunity to participate in a lot of fun events, like Holiday Nights.   Last Friday, some of our volunteers brought their paintbrushes and artistic inclination to the gardens and received free art instruction during a trial run of Megan Kissinger’s Botanical Illustration Course.

[slideshow]I started the day off by giving the group an hour-long botanical tour of the gardens.  Then Megan took over and gave illustration instruction for an hour before the group split up and found “their” plant in the butterfly garden.  As the group worked, Megan visited each artist to check on their progress and offer helpful suggestions.  After lunch, the group moved into the gardens in front of the Edison Home and started a new drawing.  To end the class, each artist brought their drawings up to the porch of the home for a short critique.


All the participants had a great day in the gardens and created some beautiful pieces of work.  And thanks to our volunteers for being the guinea pigs for this class!  If you’re interested in taking one of the classes in January or March, click here for details.  No experience necessary!

Britta Hanson Soderqvist, Plant Curator

Watch as art is created under the banyan

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 17th

Megan Kissinger, an award-winning local artist, will be creating a new botanical illustration during the Edison Garden Market on Saturday.  Megan is the featured artist for this year’s Holiday Nights.  She’ll also be teaching several botanical illustration courses at the Estates this winter.  Her work was recently featured in the News-PressShe’ll start drawing at 10 am on Saturday – feel free to come by and talk to Megan as she works.

Enjoy classes, tours and discounts at the Edison Garden Market!!!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th

If you take advantage of all the courses, tours and demonstrations at the Edison Garden Market, it’s like getting a full one-day gardening course for  FREE! Here are some of the special tours and demonstrations scheduled:

Guided tour of the Estates organic vegetable garden
Rooting rose cuttings
Producing new plants by air layering
How to encourage more than one amaryllis bloomspike in the spring
Tips to produce fall and winter amaryllis blooms in 40 days
Basic jar sprouting
Guided tour of the Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Council Botanical Garden
Painting in the garden – watch Megan Kissinger create a new botanical illustration

Several vendors are offering special discounts for early-bird shoppers:

Exotic Hibiscus One free butterfly plant with the purchase of an exotic hibiscus.  Also, the rare exotic hibiscus will be $5 off the internet price. Both deals will only last as long as the supply, so get there early!  Selling unique hibiscus plants and butterfly plants.  Live butterflies on display. 

Calusa Palm Nursery Free one gallon Hispaniola palm, Sabal domingensis, with purchase to first 25 customers on Saturday.  Selling potted palms and heliconias.

Lee County Compostfirst 20 buyers of a 25 lb bag of compost (just $2!) will receive a free set of gardening tools – offered Saturday and Sunday.

Angel Gardens20% off for first 10 buyers on Saturday only.  Selling a variety of roses including Old Garden roses and shade-tolerant roses.

Hunter’s Leaves, Flowers & FeathersA one gallon elephant ear “Pink China” free with $10 purchase to the first 20 customers on Saturday. Selling apple, peach, plum and other fruit trees, jams, jellies, unique garden art, pottery, and butterfly plants.

Rege Malone Horticulture – Saturday: Get 3 one gallon butterfly plants for $10 (normally $4-5 each) to the first 20 customers.  Sunday: 2-for1 special on bromeliads while supplies last.  Normally $10 for one gallon, $25 for three gallon size.  Selling flowering tropicals, bromeliads, edibles, butterfly and garden plants.

Louisiana Iris Nurseryby 5 get 1 free – offered Saturday and Sunday.  Selling irises native to Florida – perfect for rain gardens or irrigated areas of your yard.  Can survive as far north as New York!

Garden Market hours: 9-5 on Saturday, Nov 20, 9-4 on Sunday, Nov 21.  Event is free and with plenty of free parking.

Our historic plants featured in today's Tropicalia

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 10th

Local artist Megan Kissinger has created a collection of botanical illustrations of Estates plants.  Click the links to read the News-Press article and view the illustrations.

Details on Megan’s art show at the Estate as well as her upcoming class, “Drawing in the Garden: An Introduction to Botanical Illustration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates” are included in the article.

Britta Soderqvist, Plant Curator