Director's Tours

Every year Edison Ford offers a dynamic selection of director's tours. Participants can choose from among nature and botanical-themed tours, to museum and shopping tours, to architectural tours and much more. Director's tours are typically offered monthly from October through May. 

Coming Up: December 2 - Sweet Bay Nursery, Dakin Dairy Farm, Palmer Orchids

     We will be taking a day trip to two plant nurseries and a dairy farm as a tribute to the wonderful areas in the middle of our state.

     Sweet Bay Nursery is one of the premier Florida native plant nurseries that has served central Florida since 1995. Owner Tom Heitzman and Richard Beaupre will provide a tour, and share their vast knowledge and experience about native plants and landscapes. They specialize in native butterfly, wildlife plants, perennial wildflowers, shrubs, trees and ferns. They offer expertise to create a unique wildlife-friendly landscape that conserves water and enhances the value and beauty. Participants will have the opportunity to make purchases and there will be room under the bus to store plants on the return to Fort Myers.

     A very special private, catered lunch will be provided at Palmer Orchids, by Farm-to-Table Refining Dining owned by the King family. It will include selections from the King Family Farm and other local growers of fresh fare directly to our table. After lunch, owner Robert Palmer will provide a talk and instructions on how to care for orchids. A legend among orchid growers, Robert earned his degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Florida. Palmer has participated in five American Orchid Society shows. In 2011, he received “The Best Orchid Grower I Know” award from the American Orchid Society. Plan to pick out your favorites to take home.

     We will spend the remainder of the afternoon at Dakin Dairy. This multi-generational 250 acre sustainable farm, owned by the Dakin family prides itself on maintaining superior and organic quality dairy products. This tour will provide education of sustainability, milking process, processing plant, pasteurization and packing room. We will have time for a fall hayride, feeding the calves and enjoying a taste of some of the dairy products in the cheese room. Feel free to bring a small cooler on the bus so you can bring your purchases back.

     This tour will depart from the Edison Ford main parking lot at 8:00 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Transportation provided by Dolphin Transportation.

     Cost: Edison Ford Members $125; non-members $140. To pre-register now or for more information, contact Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 or smuske@edisonfordwinterestates.org.