National Arbor Day 2014


Arbor Day 2014

Students from Edison Park Elementary plant a tree at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates each year for National Arbor Day


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

 National Arbor Day 2014 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates, April 25, 10 a.m.
Arbor Tree Planting with Edison Ford; Helen Hendry, Trustee and Tree Specialist;
Edison Ford staff and students from Edison Park School

Fort Myers, Fla.(April 23, 2014)Celebrating Florida Trees on National Arbor Day is an annual celebration at the Edison &Ford Winter Estates, home to hundreds of varieties of trees and plants and numbers of champion-sized trees.  National Arbor Day is April 25 and Edison Ford will celebrate at 10 a.m. with their Trustee Helen Hendry, Landscape Architect, who has been a pioneer in the industry for 61 years. Helen will be joined by the students from the neighboring Edison Park School for the planting of trees in the gardens of Edison Ford.  The public is invited to join the activities. 
“We have an ongoing ‘sister tree program’ at Edison Ford to continue to restore and re-populate the gardens with the trees that have been a part of the two estates since the time the two inventors and their families came to Fort Myers,” says Edison Ford President & CEO, Chris Pendleton.  “On Arbor Day, we always ramp it up with some of our most well-known and beloved trees.”
This year the list of trees will include the following many of which have been raised from seed from the original – such as the Edison Banyan: 
            Cecropia Tree
            Yellow Poinciana
            Orange Geiger
            African Tulip

National Arbor Day was established in 1872 as a national celebration. Thomas Edison began his work in Fort Myers adding trees to his gardens as early as 1885.  Some of his earliest favorites include the Mangos which he planted along the McGregor Boulevard fence line and the stately Royal Palms which are a feature throughout his property as well as the historical landscape of McGregor Boulevard.   
In addition to the activities for National Arbor Day, there is a three day special exhibit April 25 – 27 celebrating the work of Helen Hendry in the Edison Caretaker’s House.  The exhibit includes photographs, historic memorabilia and a video highlighting her life.
On April 2, from 2 – 4 p.m., students from 30 schools will be exhibiting sculpture in the gardens for the annual, Edison Ford “Art in the Gardens Exhibit.” The outdoor sculpture exhibit will be on display through May 18 and is free to the public.
For additional information, about Edison Ford Arbor Day, how to contribute to Edison Ford sister tree program or other garden activities, contact Edison Ford at 239.334.7419 or check out the website at  Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5:30p.m.

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

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