Celebrate National Arbor Day on April 29 at Edison Ford



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director
Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist
Celebrate National Arbor Day on April 29 at Edison Ford


FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 7, 2016) -- Arbor Day was started in 1872 and the tradition will continue at Edison & Ford Winter Estates on April 29 at 9:00 a.m. when trees will be planted by students from the Edison Park School under the direction of Edison Ford Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes, to commemorate the day. 

As part of the annual celebration at Edison Ford, students from Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts Elementary will paint coconuts from the palms at Edison Ford, and this year they will also plant the sprouted palms. 

The students from the 2nd grade class of Mrs. Schwartz will bring this year’s newly painted coconuts as well as learn how to plant the sprouting palms from previous years.  

The first Arbor Day celebration was held in Nebraska City in 1872 and as many as one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Thomas and Mina Edison planted coconuts along the fence line in celebration of the holiday for many years. The tradition was brought back with the involvement of Edison Ford patron and garden lover, Berne Davis, who remembered the photo above and is seen pictured at Edison Ford with Debbie Hughes.  Over the years, many other trees have been planted at Edison Ford in celebration of National Arbor Day, including Mangoes, Hong Kong Orchids, Live Oaks, Geiger, citrus, Calabash, Royal Poinciana and Jacaranda. Edison Ford has become a well-known historic garden and home to hundreds of tropical trees -- many are champion sized like the historic banyan.In preparation for the Arbor Day celebration, Rick Joyce, Arborist and President of Forestry Resources, will talk about pruning and caring for trees and shrubs at the next Edison Ford Garden Talk on April 9 at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

###Edison & Ford Winter Estates 

Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.