Garden Talk – How to Attract Beneficial Pollenators to Your Garden
When visitors first arrive at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, many enjoy meandering through the Garden Shoppe. This area is filled with historical, rare and unusual plants, and a stunning pollinator display garden, where visitors can see many different butterfly species, as well as some native bees. The pollinator garden garners almost as much attention as the historic Banyan tree.
Just as the garden attracts a large number of different pollinators, it also boasts a huge diversity of flowers. All of these plants attract pollinators: butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, beetles, flies and even bats. Gardeners seem to flock to any plant possessing the amazing qualities that attract pollinators – after all, many of our food products depend on these creatures. Tropical fruits, vegetables and many of our native orchids invite pollinators to visit them.
This garden talk will include a tour of the Edison Ford property, highlighting which plants attract pollinators. Sometimes, creating a pollinator garden is as easy as “plant it and they will come.” Many of these same plants are available for sale in the Garden Shoppe and participants will receive a 20% discount coupon to be used toward plant purchases. Participants should wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and bring drinking water.
Cost: members: $10; non-members: $15
Climb the Historic Banyan Tree
Don’t miss a truly one-of-a-kind experience for ages 6 and up!
This fun and challenging adventure is designed to help climbers learn about themselves, others and the environment. Training and equipment provided by Pathfinder Outdoor Education. Climbers will register for a 45 minute session.
Advance registration is required. Members: $35, non-members: $45 (Does not include a tour or admission to the historic property).
Register by clicking here.
Takes place during Edison Ford Kids’ Garden Adventure, a free event featuring unique botanical art, kid-friendly garden vendors, green science interactives, wellness activities, activities with bees, local animals, food and beverages, and more!
Kids’ Garden Adventure (Free Event)
Explore the gardens of Edison Ford during this one-of-a-kind, one-day family event!
• Win prizes in a garden scavenger hunt
• Create unique botanical art
• Explore kid-friendly garden vendors
• Jump into environmental education activities
• Stretch your imagination with wellness activities
• Get buzzing with bees, local animals, and more!
• Food and beverages will be available
Admission is FREE (does not include a tour or admission to the historic property). Sponsored by:
And while you’re here, don’t miss a chance to climb the historic Banyan tree (additional cost, ages 6 and up)!
Garden Class – A Fresh Look At Holiday Plants For Southwest Florida – Bring Them A Gift They Really Want
Join us on Saturday, November 9th for our first Garden Class of the winter season, entitled “A Fresh Look at Holiday Plants” where we will take you from the historic traditions to the new trends in holiday plants. The class will be held at the Garden Council Building across the street from the Larchmont Avenue parking lot.
Cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. One lucky participant will go home with the book Poinsettias – Myth and Legend, an out-of-print book, from the instructor’s private collection. CLICK HERE to register.
Location: Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave
Garden Class: Members Only-Propagation of Unique Edison Ford Plants
Learn how we propagate and preserve historical flora at Edison Ford, and how you can propagate your own favorite plants.
Cost: $35 for Edison Ford Members (click here to join or renew). Click to register.
Garden Class: Houseplants for a New Generation
Learn about houseplants that are available now for your home and how to care for them.
Cost: Members – $35, Non-Members – $50. Class will be held at the Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave. Park at Edison Larchmont Street Parking Lot.
Click here to register today!
Garden Class – Introduction To Florida Gardening
Introduction to Florida Gardening – a two-part series. Learn all about the different varieties and types of plants which can be grown in our area.
Cost: $50 – Members, $75 Non-Members. Includes January 7 and January 14 classes.
Location: Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave. Closest parking: Edison Ford Larchmont Avenue lot.
Click here to register today!
Garden Class – Designing a Potager
In this edition of the Edison Ford garden class, learn how to design and create a French kitchen garden.
Class will be held at the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council (click map/location for details).
Cost: Edison Ford members: $35; non-members: $50. Seats are limited and advance registration is required. Click here to register.
If you’re looking for a really unique plant — perhaps one that your neighbor doesn’t have — this is the place to find it! More than 40 vendors will have booths all around the Banyan tree, museum and laboratory selling trees, shrubs, plants and even artwork! Whether you’re looking for fruit trees, flowering shrubs, succulents, or Florida native plants, you’ll find it here.
The Edison Garden Shoppe will also be open and stocked with trees, butterfly plants, herbs, garden-related items and more! Plant vendors and Edison Ford horticulturists will be on hand to answer gardening questions and help you with your selections. Food trucks and live music will be on site too, so come out and spend the day shopping for plants! This free event does not include tours of the homes or admission to the museum and laboratory.
Be sure to bring a cart for your plants. A plant pickup area is available.