Sale of Red Cedar Trees Benefit Education Programs at Edison Ford



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

Sale of Red Cedar Trees Benefit Education Programs at Edison Ford
Native Red Cedar Trees for an all Natural Christmas

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 22, 2015) -- Lee County students decorated 61 trees for the holidays, many of which are live, Florida Red Cedar Trees and are on display in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Student Tree Trail. These live trees are available for sale and make an excellent alternative to the traditional cut Christmas tree because after Christmas, the trees can be planted in the landscape. Proceeds from the tree sales benefit the education programs at Edison Ford, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization. 

"The students used recycled materials for the handmade decorations and now the trees will be recycled in landscapes and will look great decorated next year," said Chris Pendleton, President & CEO.  

"The trees range in height from eight to 12 feet tall and will make wonderful lawn specimens or provide privacy screening," said Debbie Hughes, senior horticulturist. 

Florida Red Cedars are brilliant green evergreen trees that can grow up to 40 feet tall. They are stately, handsome and pyramidal. In the landscape, they make a great visual windbreak and cover for wildlife. 

“At Edison Ford, we will install several trees as screening," said Hughes. "We also will plant some in the Edison Moonlight Garden where the Edison family planted Italian Cypress a hundred years ago.” 

The Student Tree Trail is open through January 3, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and is free. The public is invited to vote for their favorite decorated tree. 

The live Cedars are sold undecorated and priced at $95. Delivery is available for an additional fee. 

For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit


Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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 website at