Garden Talk - Bougainvillea Care Workshop


● October 14 - 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Although the trimming in the photo looks very radical, it is actually good for the health of the historic bougainvillea at Edison Ford. This particular project involves 15 individual bushes that have grown since the early 1960s to appear like a massive woody hedge with brilliant flower-like colored bracts. While the bushes have been trimmed annually, this year, Edison Ford garden staff is being assisted by consulting arborists and landscape specialists as they tackle the large historic specimens. Thomas Edison originally planted bougainvillea at his first laboratory near the main house. He called them “his beloved vines.” Mina Edison and Landscape Architect Ellen Biddle Shipman continued the tradition by including the bougainvillea as the perimeter walls of the Moonlight Garden which was installed in the late 1920s.

Learn about the many varieties of bougainvillea growing at the Edison Estates, how to fertilize, trim, and pick the right one for your garden from Senior Horticulturist Debbie Hughes, consulting Arborist Rick Joyce of Forestry Resources Ecological, Inc. and Tom Scannell, of BGI Fertilizer. 

Participants will also be able to select from a variety of bougainvillea plants for sale, specialty fertilizer from BGI Fertilizer, and other garden items. Participants will receive a 20% discount coupon.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15. To register, contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at or 239-334-7419.