Spend Mother’s Day strolling the beautiful gardens of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Mom gets free admission all day to the estates and gardens, museum, and laboratory.
A contemporary of Mina Miller Edison and Clara Bryant Ford, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia is credited with establishing Mother’s Day in 1908. Several years later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May the official Mother’s Day in the United States, and though it is not a legal holiday, it is the 3rd largest celebrated day in the country. Mina, a mother to six children and Clara, a mother to one, would have been 49 and 48 respectively, on that first official Mother’s Day. Today, there are many popular ways to honor one’s mother, but the original tradition was to give her a single, white carnation and with that, the color white became synonymous with celebrating Mother’s Day the world over.
Visitors strolling through the gardens of Mina Edison and Clara Ford at Edison and Ford Winter Estates during the month of May will be rewarded with many beautiful plants and shrubs sporting white flowers — some with a lovely fragrance. Appropriately, there is the white “Queen’s Wreath,” a tropical vine, which has large hanging panicles of white flowers that look like confetti when they fall to the ground. A perennial favorite is the gardenia and our Thai gardenia is a simple seven-petal, fragrant beauty set against rich green foliage. Near the Moonlight Garden are several crape jasmines – (variety: Flore Pleno) which are large shrubs with clusters of waxy and sweetly fragrant flowers. The compact white bougainvillea, “Miss Alice” can be seen alongside the fence adjacent to Clara Ford’s home, and finally, scattered throughout the Bulb and Tuber Garden and Mina Edison’s Moonlight Garden, the white Easter Lily and white Iris is interspersed. Many of these plants are available in our Garden Shoppe.
This is just a small sampling of the white flowers visitors will see in the Edison Ford gardens during the late spring and early summer season and we hope you have the opportunity to visit and find many more!