Monthly Garden Talks begin at Edison & Ford Winter Estates



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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Photo attachments: Estates Garden Talks begin in September with a variety of topics each month including "Butterfly heritage plants" and "Growing Citrus

Monthly Garden Talks begin at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, FLA (August 16, 2011) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be offering monthly Garden Talks in the Estates Garden Shoppe beginning September 10 at 9 a.m. Estates horticultural staff will instruct participants on a variety of topics relating to gardening in southwest Florida.

The Edison and Ford families planted successful gardens in southwest Florida using tried and proven techniques that have been used for more than 100 years. Sharing a passion for growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs, the Edison and Ford families also planted many unique species of plants, trees, and shrubs that can be seen in the Estates gardens today.

“The talks include a variety of gardening techniques that were once used by the Edison and Ford families,” says Debbie Hughes, Estates horticulturist. “We will be demonstrating how those techniques are used today.”

The Estates Garden Talk schedule is:

  • Sept. 10 – How to start your own organic vegetable garden
  • Oct. 8 – Building a historical herb mound
  • Nov. 12 – Growing citrus
  • Dec. 10 – Holiday container gardening
  • Jan. 14 – Seasonal winter plants
  • Feb. 11 – Rainbarrels
  • March 10 – Butterfly heritage plants
  • April 14 – Storm scaping
  • May 12 – Summer organic vegetable gardening
  • June 9 – Hot plants for summer
  • July 14 - Heritage tropical fruit
  • August 11- Orchid care and repotting

Estates horticulturists will be available throughout the day to answer questions on Florida gardening. Admission to the Estates Garden Shoppe is always free and parking is easy.
The series is free to Estates members; $5 for non-members per session. All participants will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used in the Estates Garden Shoppe.

Groups of 15 or more may call to register for customized Estates Garden Talks offered throughout the year, with advance notice and subject to availability.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Estates 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

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