Join us for our first ever family-friendly Fall Festival! Come spend the day with us as you stroll along and shop craft vendor booths, get something to eat and drink and listen to music! Open to the public.
Activities (additional cost/fees may apply):
Banyan Tree Climb – Sponsored by FNGLA ($45 for non-members; $35 for Edison Ford members). Click here to pre-register as space fills up quickly
Pumpkin Patch with the option to paint pumpkins (cash preferred to purchase pumpkins)
Annual Edison Ford Spring 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).
Annual Bromeliad Show and Sale
More information to follow, stay tuned!
Annual Edison Ford Fall Garden Festival
Don’t miss the largest garden festival in the area! More than 40 vendors will have rare and exotic plants and trees, butterfly plants, orchids, fruit trees, herbs, Florida natives and more available. There will be food trucks and live music too, so come out and spend the day with us! A limited number of garden carts will be available, so if you have one, bring it along. This is a free event (does not include admission to the museum, lab or riverside of the property).
More information to follow.
Orchid Sale & Symposium
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us for the annual Orchid Sale and Symposium. The event will take place outdoors, under the Banyan Tree and surrounding areas. Multiple workshops will be offered each day and vendors will have rare and unusual orchids for sale. Orchids also will be available in the Garden Shoppe.
A daily ticket is required to attend the workshops ($20 for Edison Ford members; $25 for non-members); the sale portion of the event is free to attend. Tickets do not include tours or admission to the museum, lab or riverside of the property. A limited number of garden carts will be available; guests are encouraged to bring their own. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite with refreshments available for purchase.
Workshop Schedule (ticket required each day):
9:30-10:30 a.m. Orchid Mounting by Debbie Hughes
11 a.m. – Noon Benign Neglect by Robert Riefer
1-2 p.m. Introduction to Orchids by Mickey Carnell
2:30-3:30 p.m. Growing Orchids from Seed by Jim Davison
9:30-10:30 a.m. Growing Orchids in Trees by Debbie Hughes
11 a.m. – Noon Unraveling the Mysteries of Orchid Potting by Stan Grigiski
1-2 p.m. Democratization of Affordable Orchids by Robert Riefer
2:30-3:30 p.m. My Favorite Orchids by John Hampton
Cost for workshops each day: $20 for Edison Ford members; $25 for non-members
Click here to purchase tickets for the workshops.
Garden Talk – Staghorns and Jungle Cactus
All participants will receive a 20% off coupon toward garden shop purchases.
Cost: members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration not required.
Gardening Class: Vegetable Gardening for South Florida
When the Edisons lived here, there were not any grocery stores. Their caretakers had to discover which foods could be grown in the riverside jungle. This class will discuss the South Florida seasons for growing vegetables, how to improve the soil for best results, good watering techniques, integrated pest management, companion planting, benefits of raised bed gardening and how to select vegetables for your garden.
This is an in-depth, two-hour program including classroom and garden time. Space is limited and registration is required. Choose from Tuesday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m., or Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $45 for Edison Ford members; $55 for non-members
CLICK HERE to register.
Grow Fort Myers Plant Sale and Workshops
Come spend the day with us and participate in workshops and find some new plants for your garden! The Garden Shoppe will be stocked with new plants and several vendors will be on site. Plus, enjoy food trucks and live music! More details to follow.
Garden Talk – Make a Holiday Wreath (registration required)
More details to follow.