Mother’s Day at Edison Ford
As spring turns into summer, we celebrate the important women in our lives, especially our mothers. In honor of all mothers, we’ll have a pop-up flower shop on site on Mother’s Day, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Floral Designer and winner of Art in Bloom 2022, Anita Singh in collaboration with Floral Artistry of Sanibel and Edison and Ford Winter Estates will have flowers available for sale. Visitors can select
fresh-cut flowers and make their own bouquets on site or choose from our designer’s choice of floral arrangements. An admission ticket is not required to visit the flower shop, however regular admission applies to visit the estates grounds, museum, and laboratory (open 9am to 5:30pm).
Art in Bloom Exhibit
On March 6 from noon to 4 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the Art in Bloom art show in partnership with the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. This unique one-day art show features floral designs paired with works of art from the Sustainable Conceptions exhibit.
This year, 15 floral designs and other works of art will be on display in the Edison Caretaker’s House, an original “Cracker House” and one of the oldest standing structures in Lee County. Prior to the show, participating Garden Council members are paired with a piece of artwork and create a floral display based on their interpretation of the art — using the same colors and design feel.
Held in many cities across the country, Art in Bloom is a nationally sanctioned event through the National Garden Clubs and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The local Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council was organized in 1957 and is affiliated with both organizations. Edison Ford has a long history with garden clubs, as Mina Edison was a founding member of the Periwinkle Garden Club — the first garden club in Fort Myers. Today, the Periwinkle Garden Club is a member of the Garden Council.
Art in Bloom is included with general admission. Visitors may vote for their favorite floral design; the winners will be announced at the end of the show.
46th Annual Holiday Nights Celebration
Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly from 5:30 – 9 p.m from November 26 through January 2 (closed on December 25). Enjoy exciting new lighting displays, visits with Santa, carolers and musicians, refreshments, family science shows, and more on select evenings. Plan on at least an hour to enjoy the display.
Visitors admire the decorated homes and gardens during Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Teens (13-19) $10
Children (6-12) $2
Advance reservations or ticketing not required, general admission is not subject to capacity limits. General admission may be purchased online and are good for any night of the event. General admission tickets may be upgraded for a guided tour for an additional $10 on the day of the tour if space is available. Please note that the Museum and Laboratory are closed during Holiday Nights.
GUIDED TOURS (6 and 7 p.m. nightly):
Teens (13-19) $25
Children (6-12) $18
Guided tours are not available for advance purchase, and must be purchased in the ticket office on a first-come first-served basis after 4:30pm on the day of the tour. Guided tour admission includes general admission to Holiday Nights to allow visitors to explore on their own at the conclusion of the tour.
DAYTIME AND EVENING COMBO
Visitors purchasing self-guided or guided tours for the daytime are eligible for a $10 discount on Holiday Nights admission when used the same day. Purchase the upgrade in the ticket office when you buy your daytime tickets, or show your receipt for your daytime admission at the ticket counter when you decide to upgrade. Upgrade option is only available for the same day as your daytime admission.
Lee County residents will receive $5 off adult admission on Monday nights. Resident discount admission must be purchased in person to show proof of residency, and is only good for Monday night visits. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge nightly.
Event made possible by the generous support of:
Annual Edison Ford Winter Garden Festival
Join us for the biggest plant sale of the year! The festival will also feature food trucks and live music. Numerous garden vendors from around the state of Florida will have many types of plants and trees, including palms, fruit trees, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, African violets, orchids, air plants, herbs, succulents, cacti and many hard-to-find species. Vendors will also offer garden supplies, such as mulch and special fertilizers.
The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and have unusual tropical and Florida native plants that thrive in Southwest Florida. Ceramic flower pots, vegetable and flower seeds, garden art, and gardening gift items will also be available for purchase. A limited number of carts will be available, so guests are encouraged to bring a cart or wagon for transporting plants. A designated plant holding tent and loading spot will be offered for anyone needing assistance.
Parking and admission to the festival is free (tours of the homes, museum and lab are not included).
Rhythm on the River – Neil Diamond Tribute (Neil Zirconia)
Come sing along with Neil Zirconia, a Neil Diamond Tribute as he takes us down memory lane! He’ll be performing Diamond’s greatest hits and crowd favorites on the Ford lawn. Zirconia looks and sounds like the real Diamond. This event offers a relaxing evening along the river with great music, a fantastic river view, and refreshing beverages! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. Refreshments will be available for purchase. No coolers permitted.
Concert starts at 6 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Parking is available in the Edison Ford lots only.
TICKETS: Edison Ford Members: $20; Non-members: $25; All tickets the day of the event: $30.
A new VIP seating area will be open and may be reserved by the table for $225, which includes the use of the table and chairs for up to 5 people.
Click here for tickets.
Rhythm on the River tickets are not valid for estates tours.
A Virtual Celebration of Thomas Edison’s 174th Birthday
This year, Edison and Ford Winter Estates is celebrating Thomas Edison’s 174th birthday virtually! The virtual birthday party will start on Facebook at 10 a.m. Additional videos will be launched throughout the day. Friends will be able to watch the videos at their convenience. As part of the celebration, students from the Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will sing, dance and play stringed instruments as they usually do, but this year, they will perform at their school and a recording will be shown on Facebook for all Thomas Edison fans.
The birthday party is sponsored in part by the Edison Pageant of Light, the organization founded in 1938 to memorialize Thomas Edison.
Edison Ford Holiday Hours
- December 24, open 9am to 9pm
- December 25, CLOSED
- December 26 – January 3, open 9am to 9pm
- Regular hours (9am – 4:30pm) resume beginning on January 4
The homes and gardens are decorated with thousands of lights for Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Holiday Nights Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Friday, November 27, Edison and Ford Winter Estates will kick off the 45th Holiday Nights celebration with the annual tree lighting ceremony. The event will offer visitors an impressive light show with several new displays. This year’s theme is “Sounds of the Season” and will incorporate musical elements. The American Sirens will perform a jazzy 1920s medley. The event is sponsored by FPL, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, and Sunbelt Rentals.
The annual tree lighting will take place at the base of the historic Mysore Fig, on the Henry Ford property. The tree will be lit with thousands of animated lights choreographed to holiday music. The lights will reach high up into the branches of the tree and extend onto the ground around it. The Ford property offers ample room for visitors to spread out and social distance.
Holiday Nights tickets for adults are $20, teens (13-19) $10, children (6-12) are $2 and Edison Ford members get in free. Guided Holiday Tradition Tours are $30 for adults, teens are $25, children $18 and $10 for Edison Ford members. Inside-the-Homes Holiday Tours are $50. Lee County residents with identification will receive $5 off Holiday Nights admission on Monday nights.
Each year, Edison and Ford Winter Estates pays tribute to veterans. This year, veterans will be treated to a five-piece brass
band performance at the Banyan tree, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to those who have served our country.
Veterans will also be able to take a complimentary self-guided tour around the site from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (just show your veteran ID card at the ticket counter). Thank you veterans for your service.