May 2014 Events

05/08/2014

Upcoming Events at Edison Ford - May 2014

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
239-334-7419
 

Photos:   Art in the Garden:  Florida Fish and Fishing exhibit open until May 18; Edison Ford Moonlight Garden, photo by Mike Shapiro;

Upcoming Programs and Events at Edison Ford

Fort Myers, Florida (May 6, 2014) – Upcoming programs and events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates include the Art in the Garden:  Florida Fish and Fishing exhibit open until May 18, the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory designation as a National Historic Chemical Landmark celebration, a Moonlight Garden series of programs, as well as FREE admission to Veterans and their families on Veterans Day.  Programs and events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates include:
 
Rhythm on the River, May 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Edison Coconut Grove
Join Edison Ford and Pinchers at The Marina for Rhythm on the River at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for live music and dancing in the Edison Coconut Grove.  Music provided by the Florida Keys Band.  Cash bar provided by Pinchers which is also open next door for dining.  Parking available in the Pinchers parking lot. 
Cost:  Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10.  For more information call 239-334-7419. 
 
Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Moonlight Gardens, May 10, 10 a.m.
Join Edison Ford horticulturists to learn how to design and plant your own Moonlight Garden.  The talk will include elements of a moonlight garden, plant selections that work best in Southwest Florida, and a tour of the garden.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.  All participants will receive a 20% discount in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.
 
Silk Scarf Painting Workshop with artist Marie Dyer, May 10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join artist Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf.  Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of a- kind” scarf.  All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece just in time for Mother’s Day.  To register call 239-334-7419.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $85; non-members $90 (includes materials and one silk scarf). 
 
Mother’s Day at Edison Ford, May 11, Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with FREE admission for Moms all day long. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, Museum and Edison Research Lab.
 
Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting, May 13, 10 a.m.
South Water Management District Building Lecture Hall
Guest speaker, Phil Flood, South Florida Water Management District, will discuss  Florida’s natural water system of lakes, rivers and the Everglades, as well as the history of how it is being managed and what’s ahead.  Meetings and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers and the public.  For additional information contact the Volunteer Department at (239) 334-7419.
 
Edison Ford Garden Walk:  Moonlight Gardens, May 17, 7 p.m.
Join Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton and Senior Horticulturist Debbie Hughes for an evening stroll of the Edison Moonlight Garden.  The Moonlight Garden will come to life with scents and sights only to be seen during a full moon.  Participants will meet at Pinchers Restaurant at the Marina at Edison Ford and walk through the Coconut Grove to the award-winning garden.  Registration required by calling 239-334-7419.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. 
 
Art in the Gardens:  Florida Fish and Fishing, open until May 18
Twenty-four Lee County schools are part of the annual sculpture installation at Edison Ford.  Large and small sculptures are on display in the Heritage Garden by the Edison Ford Museum.  The exhibit includes scientific information and quiz questions.  Grant support was provided by the George M. Cox Trust and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  The exhibit is free to the public.
 
Edison Ford Director’s Tour:  Naples, May 22
Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton will join Edison Ford Landscape Architect Ellin Goetz, for some of Ellin’s favorite design projects.  The tour will include her design work at the Naples Botanical Gardens as well as private homes in Naples.  The tour will also include The Naples Beach & Golf Club for beachside beverages and food.  Ellin will also discuss her work in the restoration of the Edison Moonlight Garden that received an Award of Merit from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Registration is required by calling 239-334-7419.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $90; non-members $100.
 
Edison Botanical Research Lab Becomes a National Historic Chemical Landmark, May 25, 2 p.m.
Edison’s Botanical Research Laboratory will receive official designation as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a public ceremony presided over by the American Chemical Society and Edison Ford.  The celebration will include the unveiling of the plaque designating the site; family-friendly science activities and demonstrations with the Edison Ford Wild Wizard, chemists and scientists; and continuous “Inside the Lab” tours led by curators and scientists. Event is free and open to the public. 
 
Free Admission to Veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 26
The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Veterans and their families on May 26.  Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, Museum and Edison Research Lab.  Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission. 

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The 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. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
 

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