Arbor Day at Edison Ford


Abor Day at Edison Ford


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Janet Wilson, PR & Marketing Director

Photo: A Desert Cassia tree will be planted on Arbor Day, April 24 at 2.p.m. at Edison Ford to honor Jennie Lee Zipperer. 

National Arbor Day 2015 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
April 24, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Fort Myers, Fla. (April 21, 2015) National Arbor Day is an annual celebration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, home to hundreds of varieties of trees and plants and numbers of champion-sized trees.  National Arbor Day is April 24 and Edison Ford will celebrate at 10 a.m. with students from the neighboring Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts Elementary School with the planting of two coconut palm trees.  The public is invited to join the activities.  The children have hand-painted coconuts to decorate the base of the coconut trees which is a traditional location dating back to the Edison family. 
National Arbor Day was established in 1872 as a national celebration. Thomas Edison began his work in Fort Myers adding trees to his gardens as early as 1885.   Both Thomas and Mina Edison participated in many tree plantings and located hundreds of their favorites at their Winter Estate.
In addition to the public school activities in the morning for National Arbor Day, at 2 p.m. a Desert Cassia tree will be planted in the Butterfly Garden, within the Garden Shoppe, in memory of Jennie Lee Zipperer, a longtime member of Fort Myers - Lee County Garden Council, Jasmine Garden Club and friend of Edison Ford.  Mrs. Zipperer was a proponent of planting trees and was especially fond of all varieties of tropical trees.  She passed away last month, and her family and friends will be in attendance for the very special tree planting ceremony in the West Porch Gardens at the Museum.

For additional information, about Edison Ford Arbor Day, how to contribute to Edison Ford sister tree program or other garden activities, contact Edison Ford at 239.334.7419 or check out the website at  Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Arbor Day and also to remember an event or loved one.


Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at