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Highlights of 'Art in Bloom' at Edison Ford Estates (Photos)

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On April 3, 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates shared the highlights of "Art in Bloom." The event will be held on Sunday, April 6 at The Estates in Fort Myers, Fla.

"'Art in Bloom' is a project of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. The project combines art pieces with floral designs." - Edison Ford

According to Edison Ford the artwork created by this talented group of artists has previously been on display and in programs at The Estates.

The art is used as an inspiration for members of the Garden Council and staff of Edison Ford, and they design their own pieces of art using plant materials.

Also on April 6, "Art in Bloom" will honor Berne Davis. She celebrated her 100th birthday on March 19, and in honor of her there will be a tree planting ceremony in the Edison Ford Gardens at 4 p.m.

Davis is a contributor to the Edison Moonlight Garden restoration, has been a longtime member of the Periwinkle Garden Club, along with Mina Edison, Thomas Edison’s wife.

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.

Future events coming up for the rest of April at Edison Ford include "50 Years of Ford Mustang," "Art in the Garden," "Rhythm on the River" and others.

"Art in Bloom" Highlights

For more on all the above one can contact Chris Pendleton, President & CEO, Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director and staff at (239) 334-7419 plus go to Edison Ford Estates.

Thomas Edison seated in garden
Thomas Edison seated in garden Photo: Courtesy

Thomas Edison seated in garden

Thomas Edison enjoys the lush gardens that characterize his Florida river retreat.

Educated at home by his mother, Edison went on to spend his early years working the railways out of Port Huron, Michigan and then as a tramping telegrapher throughout the eastern United States as a teenager. During this time, Edison read insatiably and later recalled that his mother, Nancy Edison “taught me how to read good books quickly and correctly, and as this opened up a great world … I have always been very thankful for this early training.”

Edsion Ford
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Edsion Ford

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. They are both an inspiration for the ages, and their winter homes are found in Fort Myers, Fla.

Their homes are called the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and located off McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers near the river.

Henry Ford's home
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Henry Ford's home

On the Edison Ford Estates are two homes. This one belonged to Henry Ford, and he lived there in the winters.

Henry Ford was an industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He sponsored the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
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Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

One can explore the winter retreats of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The site offers opportunities for the public to enjoy its park like environment for special events, weddings, corporate functions and meetings, exhibits and ongoing education programming. 

"Art in Bloom"
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"Art in Bloom"

"Art in Bloom" combines art work with floral design.  The art, created by a talented group of artists who have displayed their work and participated in programs and classes at the Edison Ford, reflects the artists love of Florida as well as their interest in the Edison Ford.  The sale of artwork benefits the education program of the Edison Ford through scholarships for Estates summer camp and other Edison Ford programs for children.

Artists and Authors
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Artists and Authors

Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum.

One can visit the gift shop for art and books and many other Edison Ford items. Enjoy!

Thomas and Mina Edison
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Thomas and Mina Edison

Here is Thomas and wife Mina Edison on their property in Fort Myers, Fla.

On the Edison Ford Estates are two homes. The Edisons and the Fords lived next to each other, at least in the winters. Edison also had a lab and Mina had the gardens.

Enjoy Edison Ford Gardens
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Enjoy Edison Ford Gardens

The Estates collection also includes the sausage tree, tropical fruit trees including mango and citrus, orchids, bromeliads, cycads, and more than 50 species of palms.

Thomas Edison
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Thomas Edison

The most prolific inventor in American history was born to humble beginnings in Milan, Ohio, the youngest of seven children, on February 11, 1847. In 1847 America was largely rural; the West had yet to be “won,” the Civil War had yet to be fought, and things like electric light, recorded sound, and moving pictures were the stuff of imagination. By his death 84 years later in 1931, the world would be revolutionized, and largely at the hand of one man: Thomas Alva Edison.

Acres of gardens at Edison Ford
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Acres of gardens at Edison Ford

Stroll back in time through the Estates twenty acres of gardens and experience what the Edisons created during their many winters here in the early 1900’s.  Several trees that were planted during Edison’s time still stand and some garden features, such as the Edison Moonlight Garden have been carefully restored to reflect the look, feel and scent of the historic era.

Banyan tree at Edison Ford
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Banyan tree at Edison Ford

The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House.  The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

Gardens at Edison Ford
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Gardens at Edison Ford

Today, the gardens contain more than 1,700 plants representing more than 400 species from six continents.  Our most famous tree is the banyan, a four foot tree planted around 1925 that now covers almost an acre of the grounds.

Inventor Thomas Edison
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Inventor Thomas Edison

A replica of Thomas Edison’s first phonograph was donated to the Edison Ford Museum in February by Bill Miller, a mechanic from Michigan. The phonograph will be used for hands-on demonstrations for visitors to learn the beginnings of recorded sound.

What's Blooming At The Estates
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What's Blooming At The Estates

Explore our monthly What’s Blooming At the Estates pages to find out which plants are flowering or fruiting at the time of your visit.

Rhythm on the River
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Rhythm on the River

Join Edison Ford and Pinchers at The Marina for Rhythm on the River at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for live music and dancing in the Edison Coconut Grove. Music provided by the Danny Morgan Band. Cash bar provided by Pinchers which is also open next door for dining.

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