Garden Talk – Why Native Plants are Great!
Whether you have just recently moved to Florida or have lived here all of your life, you may have noticed the great diversity of plants in this wonderful state. Many native plants have been overlooked in newly developed communities, where exotics that require more maintenance and care are abundant. When planning a garden or home landscape, using native plants can help eliminate frustrations.
This Garden Talk will focus on Florida natives and includes walking through part of the Edison Ford gardens to see natives growing. We will also discuss the care of each plant and where it would work in a home landscape. Native plants will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe and participants will receive a discount coupon toward purchases.
If you would like to see birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife in your landscape, planting natives will bring you great joy! Participants should wear comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, a hat, and bring drinking water.
CANCELLED – Garden Class: Fun With Container Gardening – Decorating And Designing With Plants And Containers
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Gardeners of all skill levels are invited to explore an in-depth class! Classes are held in a climate-controlled, accessible building. Class sizes are limited. All attendees receive a 20% off coupon toward plant purchases in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Please bring water, a hat, and sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Located at the Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Avenue, with parking in our Larchmont Avenue lot.
Cost: Members: $25; non-members $50. Click here to register. Space is limited.
Grow Fort Myers – Free Garden Event
Don’t miss our second annual FREE local gardening celebration!
• Stock up on plants and trees for summer
• Discover native and Florida-friendly plants and trees
• Enjoy free workshops and demonstrations
• Special Garden Shoppe discounts
• “Ask the Experts”
• Opening of the Art in the Gardens community art display
• Food, fun, and more!
At the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Tours of the site are not included with this free event.
Garden Class – Caladium Crazy
Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor gardener, only have a shady or sunny location, or simply don’t have enough time for gardening, caladiums may be the perfect solution to enrich your space. From their historical beginnings here in the US to becoming a significant part of Florida’s “agriconomy,” these beautiful plants – available in hundreds of color combinations – are a must for all gardeners.
In this class, you will learn how to grow this garden gem and take home free caladium bulb samples. Participants will also receive a 20% off coupon for use in the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe.
Cost: Edison Ford members: $35; non-members: $50. Advance registration is required.
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
CANCELLED- 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.