Giant Spring Planter’s Moon - Nighttime Walk at Edison Ford



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


Giant Spring Planter’s Moon - Nighttime Walk at Edison Ford

May 5, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Meet at The Marina at Edison Ford, 1st floor of Pinchers in the NEW Marina 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.
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 by 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.  Discounts for Pinchers will be given to those who pre-register before May 5.
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.

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.
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.



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