One of our favorite programs at Edison Ford is our season of tours to a select group of cities with some very unique museums, gardens and historical sties. For the 2016 - 2017 season we have a very exciting list of destinations! This is a great way to learn about Florida history, science and culture firsthand as we often provide insider and behind the scenes experiences through our staff and colleagues at the sites we visit.
Director's Tour intinerary for 2016-2017:
- November 12, 2016 - Fairchild Botanical Garden - Coral Gables
- December 10, 2016 - Henry Flagler Museum and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens - Palm Beach
- January 7, 2017 - Everglades Museum, Historic Rod & Gun Club, Ted Smallwood Store and Private Airboat Ride with Captain Mitch - Everglades City
- February 25, 2017 - Miami, Montgomery Botanical Garden and Homestead Nurseries (orchids, fruit trees)
- March 18, 2017 - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Historic Spanish Point - Sarasota
Check back for dates and specific details for the different destinations. Cost for each trip: Edison Ford Members $105; non-members or the general public $125. To sign up or for more information, please contact Nancy Achter at 239-334-7419 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Up: December 10, 2016 - Henry Flagler Museum and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
(This will be an afternoon - evening tour)
This tour will begin in the afternoon for a tour at the famous Henry Flagler Estate. Whitehall, the home of the Flagler Museum was built in 1902 for Henry Flagler, co-founder of Standard Oil and his third wife Mary Lily Kenan. The mansion is built around a large open-air courtyard and has 75 rooms modeled after palaces in Spain and Italy.
The Festival of Trees at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a premier holiday event. This year’s theme Celebrating Design through the Decades will illuminate the importance of design throughout history and the context of the culture and temperament of the times. Each evening there will be choral, instrumental, dancing and theatrical performances offered with a dazzling light music show.
NOON - Depart by bus from Edison Ford.
3:00 p.m. - Private docent led tour of the Flagler Museum first floor, also know as “Whitehall.” The second floor tour is on your own.
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Dinner at Nick & Johnnie’s Palm Beach Restaurant. Prearranged, Family Style Dinner will be served on the front patio ($30 per person).
6:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Nancy Jones, Education Coordinator will greet our tour and talk about the Ann Norton Museum and this year’s Festival of Trees theme “Design through the Decades.” You will be delighted with violin music and a walk through the gardens.
11:30 p.m. - Arrive at Edison Ford.
This tour is currently waitlist only, call 239-334-7419 or e-mail NAchter@edisonfordwinterestates.org.