EDISON FORD MOONLIGHT GARDEN TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 27 SUPER HARVEST MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE

09/11/2015

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Janet Wilson, PR & Marketing Director
239-334-7419
 

EDISON FORD MOONLIGHT GARDEN TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 27
SUPER HARVEST MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE
 

Fort Myers, FLA (September 11, 2015) - The Harvest Moon on September 27-28 will be quite a phenomenon this year, appearing larger and brighter than usual immediately before and after passing through a total Lunar Eclipse (during which it will appear dark red). The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will present a Moonlight Garden Walk on the riverside of the estates to include the spectacular lunar activity and also the nighttime flower and pollinator activity. Telescopes, cameras and binoculars are encouraged.  The Supermoon total lunar eclipse only occurs once every 33 years or so. Heather Preston, Planetarium Director of the Calusa Nature Center, will join Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Horticulturist, for the lecture and program. Call Edison Ford at 239.334.7419 to register as space is limited.

The fall Harvest Moon on September 27 will rise around dusk and will be visible weather permitting. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Marina at Edison Ford, Pinchers, in the Marina Room Bar for the beginning lecture before venturing onto the historic property. The lecture will happen rain or shine and weather permitting move to garden and lunar viewing at 7:15 PM. The “umbral” stage of the lunar eclipse will begin at 9:07 pm – a gradually-increasing “bite” will obscure the edge of the full moon starting at its eastern edge as over the next hours the moon traverses the deepest part of Earth’s shadow, glowing deep red with the “sunset light” that is refracted by Earth’s atmosphere.

The connection to gardens and horticulture is ancient. Harvest Moon is a name originally used by farmers to kick off the season for gathering vegetables and getting ready for winter. It’s the name for the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. This year, the moon reaches full about an hour after reaching perigee, which makes our 2015 Harvest Moon a “supermoon.” A perigee full moon appears some 14% larger in diameter and so almost 30% brighter than a full moon at apogee. The Harvest Moon most often falls in September but sometimes falls in early October – whichever is closest to the equinox. Come enjoy the night-blooming species in our gardens and the eclipsing of the supermoon in a single nature-celebrating experience!

Registration is $40 for the general public and $10 for Edison Ford and Calusa Nature Center members.  Call Leeanne Criswell, at Edison Ford, to register at 239.334.7419. The program will begin in the Marina Room downstairs in the Marina at Edison Ford, Pinchers Restaurant. 
 

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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 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org