October 12-13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford was also home to numerous orchids that hung from the fruit-bearing Mango trees. Henry
Nehrling and John Kunkel Small visited the Edisons and gave them gifts of orchids. Nehrling himself spoke to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs in 1929, and stated, “I am to report the epiphytic plants (orchids, bromeliads and ferns) were growing with exceptional vigor throughout the property.”
Orchids were Mina Edison’s favorite flowers and she attached them to trees on her Fort Myers property, just as they grew wild in the Everglades. Today, we continue to attach orchids to trees, where they get just the right amount of light and rain water. Throughout the site, there is usually an orchid blooming every day, all year long.
Collecting and growing orchids is a wonderful hobby that gives pleasure to snowbirds, long-time residents and those new to the area. We are partnering with the Southwest Florida Orchid Society to hold our first Orchid Sale and Symposium. Vendors will be on site, selling orchids and there will be educational opportunities throughout the day.
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