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'Art in Bloom' combines art, design and Berne Davis' birthday celebration

At the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
At the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Courtesy of Edison & Ford Winter Estates

During the month of April, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be highlighting several special events. One of these is Art in Bloom, a collaborative project of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.

The 2009 History Maker of the Year, Berne Davis, just celebrated her 100th birthday.
Tom Hall, 2011

The project combines art pieces with floral designs. Members of the Garden Council and the staff of Edison Ford will use artwork created by a talented group of artists who displayed their work and participated in programs at Edison Ford to design their own piece of art using plant materials. In addition, Art in Bloom will honor Berne Davis with a tree planting ceremony in the Edison Ford Gardens. A longtime member of the Periwinkle Garden Club along with Mina Edison, Berne helped fund the restoration of the Edison Moonlight Garden. On March 19, Berne also celebrated her 100 year birthday.

Artwork from contributing artists will be available for purchase and a Tea Tent will serve Edison Ford Tea, a special blend of tea made for the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite piece.

The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, April 6. It is free to Edison Ford members and Garden Council members, and just $5 for non-members. The event is open to visitors touring Edison Ford with a general admission ticket.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at

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