Edison Ford Celebrates National Arbor Day
April 18, 2013
Thomas and Mina Edison are joined in tree planting by Edison Ford garden patron, Berne Davis, and a member of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.
Edison Ford Tree Planting April 26 – 10:00 a.m. In observance of National Arbor Day, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates will be planting a coconut palm tree on the Edison Estate to continue the restoration of this historic landscape of the two estates and historic McGregor Boulevard. The public is invited to join in the ceremony with students from the nearby Edison Park Creative and Expressive School for the Arts.
Edison Ford has planted new trees every Arbor Day for many years and also added other trees throughout the year to maintain the old fashioned plants and trees on the historical site. More than a hundred years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Edison planted dozens of coconut palms at their tropical winter estate, locating most of them in the coconut grove along the river and along the McGregor Boulevard fence. Eventually the line of coconut palms extended to the Ford estate next door and became an important and recognizable feature of the Edison and Ford tropical gardens.
Since 1872 Arbor Day has been a national holiday celebrated each year by planting a tree. The public can support the Edison Coconut Palm Restoration Project by contributing funds to purchase a tree. Contributions are tax deductible and includes donation signage. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit us on the Web.