Garden Class – Introduction to Florida Gardening, Part I
Part I, January 12:
Gardening in Southwest Florida requires unique knowledge as it is the only state in the continental U.S. that is in USDA growing zone 10. This class is designed to provide gardeners with all the tools to un-learn previous gardening experiences and command the exciting world of tropical gardening in less than perfect soil. Part I will cover plant taxonomy, plant reproduction, working with SW Florida weather challenges, understanding the differences between native plants and ornamental plants and recognizing invasive plants. Palm trees will also be discussed, and a great list of resources will be provided. Classroom time: 90 minutes.
Part II, January 19:
The second program will dive deep into some of the important elements of becoming a successful gardener in SW Florida. State programs such as the Florida Friendly Gardening and Master Gardener Volunteer program will be covered. Additional topics include how to use fertilizers and soil amendments, common pest recognition and chemical and biologic controls, common weed identification, good irrigation and draining techniques, selecting plants for the Southwest Florida landscape, and a recommended reading or resource list will be provided. Classroom time: 90 minutes.
Cost: $50 Members; $75 non-members for both classes; each class individually: $35 members; $50 mon-members. Pre-registration for both is required before the commencement of Part I for the cost discount. Both classes are not required, but recommended.
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Garden Class – Container Gardening and Introduction to Floral Arranging
This program is one of the most popular and includes materials for participants to make and take their creation. Understanding how plants are conditioned is key to success when working with live plants, as well as how to care for the arrangement. This class takes basic floral arranging up a notch by teaching how to braid plants to add a very interesting highlight. Many of the arrangement techniques taught are displayed in the Art in Bloom event, held semi-annually at the Estates. Important note: Pre-registration is required on or before April 2, 2021 to ensure adequate materials for all class participants. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 20 minutes.
Cost: $45 Members; $60 Non-Members. Advance registration is required.
Garden Class – Shade Gardening in Southwest Florida
One of the amazing aspects of tropical gardening is the variety of plants that can be grown, and in fact, thrive in a shady part of gardens. This class will help one design a multi-layered shade garden that mixes good texture, offers color and contrast and compliments existing plants or trees. Participants are encouraged to bring their shade garden challenges for ground cover, annual or perennial recommendations. Shade garden containers are another great way to highlight a darker area of a garden, lanai or screen room and design ideas for these spaces will also be covered. Many Florida native plants are perfect additions to a well-designed shady area and it’s important to understand how they grow and how to choose complimentary non-natives to create a stunning shade garden. This class will also cover watering issues and maintenance. After the in-class experience, participants will walk through two shade gardens at the Estates. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 20 minutes.
Cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.
Location: Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave
Garden Class – Choosing and Caring for Palm Trees in Southwest Florida
Many people don’t know that palms are actually not trees. This program will cover what they are and some of the 2000 different species. At the Estates, there are close to 100 varieties growing around the site, and new species are added every season. This class is for anyone who wants to grow palms or perhaps wants to impress their visitors with palm tree knowledge. Participants will learn about native and exotic palms, the unique needs of different species, and why to choose a self-cleaning palm. Watering, feeding and space requirements will also be covered. An investment in a palm tree is significant, and this class will help gardeners make the right decisions. A walk through the palmetum will follow the classroom instruction. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 20 minutes.
Cost: $35 for Edison Ford Members (click here to join or renew), $50 for non-members. Click to register.
Garden Class – Women of the Moonlight Garden; their Inspirations and Contribution
The Moonlight Garden at Edison and Ford Winter Estates would not exist today if it weren’t for the vision of Mina Edison, a well-travelled and educated horticulturist in her own right. This class will cover the garden design by Ellen Biddle Shipman,
Mina Edison’s moonlight garden
one of America’s first landscape architects and more. The program will go beyond the design and dissect this formal garden to understand the source of Mina’s inspiration from many of her female contemporaries. While travelling with her husband and visiting American gardens, she absorbed inspiration for many of the elements still in use today, including the layout, bougainvillea trellis, pottery and plant choices. The class will also cover some of the early challenges that did not survive the test of time. After the in-class presentation, participants will get to go behind the ropes in the Moonlight Garden. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 20 minutes.
Cost: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members
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Garden Talk: Succulents Rock
Learn about how to care for and select succulents for your home and garden with Horticulture Director, Debbie Hughes. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon to use toward plants in the Garden Shoppe. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.
Cost: members: $10; non-members: $15
Garden Class: Roses for Southwest Florida Gardens
Growing roses in Florida is challenging and rewarding. This class will walk participants through each step to becoming a successful rose grower. Correct pruning techniques will be discussed to awaken roses from their Florida summer dormancy. An in-class presentation will include best varieties for Southern Florida gardens, planting techniques and annual care guidelines. After the in-class instruction, participants will get to see Mina Edison’s rose garden and learn proper pruning techniques and how to evaluate existing plants for health and vigor. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 30 minutes.
Cost: members: $35; non-members: $50
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Join us for the biggest plant sale of the year! Sponsored by Best Value and Humana, the festival will also feature food trucks and live music. More than 40 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).
Orchid Sale & Symposium
Our garden shoppe will be stocked and we will have additional vendors on site with orchids and supplies. Orchid experts will be happy to answer all of your questions and help you find just the right plant.
Refreshments will be available from Red Roc Cravings and Coastal Dayz Brewery. Admission to the orchid sale is free (not including tours of the estates, lab, or museum) and parking is free.
We are following CDC guidelines and do require that visitors to the orchid event wear a mask and observe social distancing recommendations.
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