In September, Hurricane Ian pummeled area gardens. Many of us are replanting to make our gardens more beautiful than ever. Our annual fall Garden Festival will have more than 70 garden vendors from around the state with tropical and native plants and trees for sale. The festival takes place outdoors and features food trucks and live music.
Vendors will have many types of plants and trees, including air plants, bromeliads, butterfly plants, cacti, fruit trees, herbs, hibiscus, orchids, palms, succulents, and many hard-to-find species. Vendors will also offer garden supplies, such as fertilizer and worm castings. The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and have unusual tropical and Florida native plants that thrive in Southwest Florida. Ceramic flowerpots, vegetable and flower seeds, garden art, and gardening gift items will also be available for purchase.
Edison Ford members will receive a discount on Garden Shoppe purchases; guests may purchase a membership during the event to receive the discount. Members also receive free, unlimited general admission throughout the year, plus free admission to many other museums and gardens across the country through the reciprocal program.
A limited number of garden 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).