Garden Talk – Flowering Trees
If I was told that I could only grow one plant in my garden, I would have to choose one that is fragrant. For good reason, pleasant
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smells are one of the greatest characteristics in the garden. Beauty in flowers is usually what draws most people to gardening, but what keeps them attracted is the intoxicating fragrance. Mina was an expert on adding plants for their perfumed fragrance as the flowers intermingled with a hint of the river. Her winter home made full use of bringing the outdoors nearer their living quarters and into their lives.
In this Garden Talk, participants will learn about the fragrant plants throughout the Edison gardens as we stroll and sniff until we find one you’d like to have in your garden. The walk will last approximately 1.5 hours, so wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and bring drinking water. The class will start promptly at 10 a.m. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for use on plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe.
Cost: Edison Ford members: $10; non-members: $15. Registration not required.
Wood Slabs from Mango and Shaving Brush Trees Available for Purchase
The public is invited to view the Mango and Shaving Brush wood slabs on Tuesday, May 7 between 2-4 p.m. at 2145 Larchmont Ave.
Both trees offer very unique patterns and rich colors. The Mango is believed to be at least 90 years old, and the Shaving Brush is a very rare tree, so wood from both trees is valuable.
There are a dozen mango and six Shaving Brush slabs available. Sizes of the Mango slabs range in length from 49″ to 71″ and 21″ to 44″ wide. The Shaving Brush slabs range from 64″ to 69″ long and from 13″ to 44″ wide. The wood is priced at $25 per board foot for the Mango and $30 per board foot for the Shaving Brush. Click here to preview pieces (availability subject to change).
Grow Fort Myers
“Grow Fort Myers” is a part of National Public Gardens Week at Edison Ford. Help us celebrate all week long with special events:
- May 15 and 17, 2019 at 10:30am: $10 discount on Garden Tours
- May 17, 2019 at 7:30pm: Free Family Movie Night in the Gardens
- Membership Special: Purchase or renew your Membership during this week and receive one month FREE– it’s a perfect time to become an Edison Ford Member!
And on May 18, join us for a special plant sale, free workshops, and more:
- The following events will take place on the Museum Porch unless noted otherwise:
- 9:00 AM: Debbie Hughes – Director of Horticulture, Edison Ford Winter Estates, “Welcome”!
- 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Stephen Brown, Lee County Extension Agent “Fertilizer – Is it really necessary?”
- 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Brady Vogt, Everglades Rare Books “History of Commercial Horticulture in Lee County”
- 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Green Leaf Worm Farm “The Lowdown on Worm (Castings) Poop”
- 11:15 AM – Noon: Rob Solomon – Edison Ford Winter Estates Rain Barrel Demonstration – To be held under the Pavilion.
- 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lisa Wilson – Edison Ford Winter Estates “Attracting Butterflies to your Garden”
- 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) of Lee County “Florida Friendly Gardening”
On-going Demonstrations and Vendor Tables in and around the Garden Shoppe:
- Marie Dyer – Painting a Rain Barrel (Under the Pavilion)
- MW Horticulture – Working with Compost
- Green Leaf Worm Farm – Worm Castings
- Everglades Fine Books – Garden Books for Sale
- Fred Rubino – Creating Hypertufa – Demonstration using Edison’s Portland Cement in a mixture to form lightweight, custom planters
- Florida Yards and Neighborhoods, Lee County Master Gardeners “Ask the Expert” – Your gardening questions answered
- Garden Shoppe – Open 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM offering special discounts!
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Celebrate National Arbor Day
Arbor Day was started by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska as a way to get more trees planted in the Midwest prairie states. At Edison Ford, trees are planted throughout the year; although, on Arbor Day, we celebrate with students from local schools, garden clubs and other community organizations.
Fort Myers is part of a nationwide movement, providing the necessary framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees. Many of the trees on the Edison Ford site were originally planted because Thomas Edison understood the importance of planting trees in our neighborhoods. He planted many unusual varieties that still stand tall today.
In celebration of National Arbor Day on April 26, students from Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will help continue the tradition of planting a tree. This year, two Poitea carinalis, or Caribwood trees will be planted at the entrance gate to the Ford home – for future generations to enjoy.
Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council Flower Show
The Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council will host a standard flower show on Friday, March 1 from 1-4 p.m., and Saturday March 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The theme of the Flower Show is “It’s All About Water.”
Edison Ford collaborate with the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council on many activities relating to the gardens. The Garden Council is located at 2166 Virginia Avenue.
The Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council, Inc. was created in 1957 as the Fort Myers Garden Council by 9 local clubs and societies joining together. In 1967 it was renamed the Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council as its membership had far outgrown the city limits. The Council now consists of over 18 garden clubs, 9 plant societies and 2 affiliates totaling over 1530 members. In 2007 the Council moved to its current headquarters, made possible by a long-term lease from the City of Fort Myers. The Berne Davis Gardens and Mina Edison Botanical Library are housed on the premises.
Garden Class – Beyond Citrus
Our South Florida weather provides a wonderful opportunity to grow many different kinds of fruit. We will begin with a review of the current challenges of citrus with respect to ‘citrus greening’ and what this means to backyard growers, and yes, you can still grow some citrus varieties well. Then we will move on to some other fruits you may not have considered- Avocado, Barbados Cherry, Carambola, Jaboticaba, Guava, Mango, Pineapple, Bananas, or Soursop, to name a few. This class will cover growing delicious fruits, where to buy them, how and when to plant, and growing and maintenance tips. So, if you’ve ever wanted to look “Beyond Citrus”, this is the perfect class for you.
Approx. 90 Minutes. $30 – Members, $45 Non-Members, Location: Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave. Closest parking: Edison Ford Larchmont Avenue lot.
Click here to register today!
Garden Class – Crazy for Caladiums
A detailed class on the planting, care and choosing of caladiums for every Southwest Florida garden. We will teach you how to choose and enhance the bulbs to create dense plants and recommend varieties for shade, sunny, short or tall gardens, including containers. Grown for its stunning foliage and every changing variety of colors, patterns, sizes and vigor, you will learn about the caladiums’ interesting history and introduction to Florida. For our valued snowbird gardeners, we will also provide information to give you success in growing this beautiful plant in your northern gardens and containers.
Approx. 90 Minutes. Members – $30, Non-Members – $45. Held at the Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Ave. Park at Edison Larchmont Street Parking Lot.
Click here to register today!
Garden Talk – Orchids
Orchids are very popular in Florida because many species and hybrids can thrive in our Subtropical climate. Thomas and Mina Edison grew orchids in the Mango trees and we have been busy re-establishing them into the newly planted trees. If you have an interest in growing orchids, come to the next Garden Talk. Guest speaker and Southwest Florida Orchid Society President, John Hampton, will talk about what to do and what not to do when growing orchids. Hands-on demonstrations and a walk around the site to view different orchid varieties will be included.
Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and bring drinking water. Orchids and supplies will be available for sale. All participants will receive a 20% off coupon for use in the Garden Shoppe. Fee: Edison Ford Members: $10; non-members: $15
Contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or LCriswell@EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.
Pre-registration not required.
Garden Talk – Succulents & Cacti
Succulents are easy to grow and very low maintenance, and make great accent plants or container garden specimens. Join our garden talk to learn more about succulent varieties and the best methods for growing.
Participants will receive a 20% off coupon toward Garden Shoppe purchases.
Cost: Edison Ford members $10; non-members $15. Contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at email@example.com or 239-334-7419. Pre-registration requested, but not required.