A special program featuring Mary Bonnette, Special Events Coordinator for USA Dance is
planned. In honor of Henry and Clara Ford (accomplished American traditional dancers), there will
be foxtrot and waltz demonstrations with audience participation.
Edison and Ford in Florida is the first book to include a comprehensive look at the impact of the two friends, inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida. In the process of assembling the book, the authors uncovered many new photographs and information about how the joint properties known today as the Edison & Ford Winter Estates made the transition from private estates to a world renowned historical, botanical and scientific site.
● September 12, 10:00 a.m. - Meet at the Information Booth
Edison Ford Gardens has become a partner with the National Pollinator Garden Network called
“Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.” Pollinators including bees, butterflies, bats, and birds are needed to continue the food chain and wildlife corridors. The challenges mission includes growing sustainably without pesticides, encouraging planting pollinator gardens in the communities, supporting pollinator-friendly businesses, spreading the word and educating about pollinators, and visiting gardens for ideas.
Edison Ford has been growing plants to attract pollinators since Edison built his home, nurtured his gardens, and initiated research for a domestic source of rubber along the Caloosahatchee River. Many of the trees, shrubs, perennials, and edible plants were dependent on pollination to continue reproduction of their species. The Garden Shoppe at Edison Ford has created a specific butterfly/bee garden for all of the community to learn from.
Join Horticulturists Janice Schmidt and Debbie Hughes to learn how to grow specific host/nectar plants for the pollinators in your garden. We will unveil our new Educational Butterfly Sign and the Certification of our Butterfly Garden through the North American Butterfly Association.
Participants will receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10.
Join “Mina Edison” and “Clara Ford” for iced tea and cookies in the Edison Caretaker’s House as they reminisce about family and friends, living part-time in Florida, as well as their helpful hints for their marriage, gardening and menu interests. This delightful program features two “seasoned” Edison Ford docents and living history characters who will greet the audience and welcome them into their conversation.
Hear the stories behind the collection of mounted fish on display at the Estates, and decide for yourself which are true and which are “fish stories.” Learn about how these artifacts are cared for and preserved, and understand the complete story which these objects tell us today.