Garden Talk - Palms in the Southwest Florida Landscape


 August 12 - 10:00 a.m., Check in at the Ticket Counter

      Thomas Edison was instrumental in encouraging and accomplishing the planting of the stately original Royal Palms along McGregor Boulevard. This road was originally a cattle trail to Punta Rassa, a port for transporting cattle to Cuba. Interestingly, Fort Myers is now considered the “City of Palms.” Edison planted palms throughout his estate because he enjoyed the tropical look. Of the 2,800 species of palms, several native to Southwest Florida, are represented, along with ones that do equally well in our climate. Come to the Garden Talk and see the palms growing at Edison Ford and learn which ones you could plant in your own landscape. Gordon Bower, a avid palm collector, will present the program with Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes. Planting, fertilizing and pruning will also be discussed. A tour of the palms in the Edison Ford gardens and a hands-on demonstration will complete the program.

           Participants should meet at the information booth after signing in at the ticket counter. They will receive a 20% off coupon toward Garden Shoppe purchases. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15. Contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or Pre-registration requested, but not required.