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Highlights of upcoming week at Edison Ford (Photos)

Thomas and Mina Edison in Garden
Thomas and Mina Edison in Garden
Thomas and Mina Edison in Garden, Photo: Courtesy

On April 10, 2014, two events of Edison Ford Winter Estates were confirmed with activities posted for each event. The events include "Edison Garden Talk" and "50 Years of Ford Mustang." They will be held April 12 and April 19 at Edison Ford in Fort Myers, Fla.

On Saturday, April 12, a rose expert will speak at Edison Ford. The event begins at 10 a.m., and the "Edison Garden Talk" will be led by Debbie Hughes.

Hughes, the "rose expert," is a senior horticulturalist and member of The Rose Society. With Hughes, will be guest speaker Pennie Crawford.

Guests will be able to learn from both Hughes and Crawford on the subject of growing roses successfully. Included in the talk will be a variety of techniques on caring for roses.

Topics included on growing roses will include: how to plant, best soil mix, watering, fertilizing, pest control and types of roses that survive best. The "Garden Talk" also includes a walk to the historic rose gardens on the Edison Ford Winter Estates.

On Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ford Mustangs will be on display for the "Celebrating 50 Years of Ford Mustang" event. The auto event will be held on the riverside of the Estates. A variety of activities will be offered during the event.

In attendance at the event will be Ponies in Paradise Mustang Club, Mustang Club of Charlotte County and Gulfshore Mustang Club of Southwest Florida. Admission to this event also includes audio tours of the homes, gardens, lab and museum.

50 Year Celebration Activities include Ford Mustangs on display, entertainment, BBQ and beverages (for purchase) and informal tours with "Henry and Clara Ford."

Visit Edison Ford Gardens
Visit Edison Ford Gardens Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Visit Edison Ford Gardens

Edison Ford Garden Talks are a great way to see the Edison and Ford’s garden close up and to work with the Edison Ford garden staff.

You will explore the most successful plants for the tropics and learn from our staff and guest experts about our favorites.

There are always varieties for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe with a 20% discount for participants.

Representation of Edison Ford Gardens
Representation of Edison Ford Gardens Photo: Wiki

Representation of Edison Ford Gardens

In addition to the gardens on the Edison Ford Estates, there are tours!

Through the various tour options, visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will learn first hand how the ingenuity and hard work of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford changed American business and industry and how their very presence changed the city of Fort Myers.

In Bloom!
In Bloom! Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

In Bloom!

Henry Ford
Henry Ford Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Henry Ford

Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863 to Irish immigrant farmers in eastern Michigan. The eldest of six children, Ford attended a nearby one-room school and worked on the farm to help support his family.

Ford wasn’t particularly interested in farming, however, and at age 16 moved to Detroit where he worked as an apprentice in a machine shop.

Although he returned briefly to the countryside to work for his father, shortly after Ford’s marriage to Clara Bryant in 1888, he sought employment in Detroit again.

Ford was hired as a mechanical engineer by the Edison Illuminating Company, where he moved up the ranks while tinkering with experiments at home.

In 1896, Ford invented the Quadricycle, a gas-powered vehicle that ran with four bicycle tires and boat tiller.

Henry Ford’s other ventures included auto racing, a pacifist boat expedition during World War I, a race for a U.S. Senate seat, the development of the Tri-Motor Airplane, and the opening of Greenfield Village and the Edison Institute to celebrate the American experience.

Henry Ford home at Edison Ford Estates
Henry Ford home at Edison Ford Estates Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Henry Ford home at Edison Ford Estates

In 1903, with $28,000 gathered from supporters, Ford formed the Ford Motor Company and built the Model A.

After this product's success, Ford was able to buy most of the shareholders of the company out. By 1908, he produced the Model T, which Ford referred to as “a motorcar for the great multitude.”

Thomas Edison at Model T
Thomas Edison at Model T Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Thomas Edison at Model T

Here is Thomas Edison standing next to one of Ford's Model Ts.

Ford was able to buy most of the shareholders of the company out. By 1908, he produced the Model T, which Ford referred to as “a motorcar for the great multitude.”

The Model T’s lightweight vanadium steel, low production cost, and powerful engine made it an overnight success.

Ford’s idea to use the assembly line in order to speed the manufacture of the Model T only increased production and popular demand.

Ford and Edison
Ford and Edison Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Ford and Edison

Ford went into business with his friend and mentor Thomas Edison in 1927, as a co-founder of the Edison Botanic Research Corporation, which sought to develop a domestic source of rubber.

By 1927 the Ford Motor Company encompassed all aspects of vehicle production, from raw materials to finished product, in its huge factory complex along the Rouge River in Michigan.

Henry Ford died in 1947, at age 83, leaving most of his wealth to the Ford Foundation, a non-profit Institution that works to “strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.”

Ford truck at event
Ford truck at event Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Ford truck at event

Ford opened the Detroit Automobile Company, which failed within two years.

With new financial backing, Ford opened the Henry Ford Company in 1901, which also failed within a short time.

In 1903, with $28,000 gathered from supporters, Ford formed the Ford Motor Company and built the Model A. This was a success!