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National Arbor Day to celebrate Florida trees at Edison Ford Estates (Photos)

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On April 23, 2014, the Edison Ford Estates stated that they will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 25. The event will be held at the Estates in Fort Myers, Fla.

The National Arbor Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. with Edison Ford "staff" and their Trustee Helen Hendry, Landscape Architect, who has been a pioneer in the industry for 61 years.

"Celebrating Florida Trees" on National Arbor Day is an annual celebration at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. It is home to hundreds of varieties of trees and plants and numbers of champion-sized trees.

Hendry will also be joined by the students from the neighboring Edison Park School for the planting of trees in the gardens of Edison Ford. The public is invited to join the activities.

“We have an ongoing ‘sister tree program’ at Edison Ford to continue to restore and re-populate the gardens with the trees that have been a part of the two estates since the time the two inventors and their families came to Fort Myers,” says Edison Ford President & CEO, Chris Pendleton.

On Arbor Day we always ramp it up (build it up/increase) with some of our most well-known and beloved trees.” - Edison Ford

Enjoy photos representing Arbor Day and the Edison Ford Gardens. While in the gardens one can stroll back in time through the Estates' twenty acres and experience what the Edisons created during their many winters here in the early 1900s. 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.

Planting tree in Israel
Planting tree in Israel Photo: Wiki

Planting tree in Israel

The Jewish holiday Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees, is on the 15th day of the month of Shvat, which usually falls in January or February.

Originally based on the date used to calculate the age of fruit trees for tithing as mandated in Leviticus 19:23–25, the holiday now is most often observed by planting trees, or raising money to plant trees.

Tu Bishvat is a semi official holiday in Israel, schools are open but Hebrew speaking schools will often go on tree planting excursions. - Wiki

Flora at Edison Ford
Flora at Edison Ford Photo courtesy Edison Ford, used with permission

Flora 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.

Arbor Day in 2009
Arbor Day in 2009 Photo: Wiki

Arbor Day in 2009

Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Today, many countries observe this holiday.

Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. - Wiki

Enjoy Edison Ford Gardens
Enjoy Edison Ford Gardens Photo courtesy Edison Ford, used with permission

Enjoy Edison Ford Gardens

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. 

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. 

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. - Edison Ford

Arbor Day Fest in Rochester, Minn.
Arbor Day Fest in Rochester, Minn. Photo: Wiki

Arbor Day Fest in Rochester, Minn.

Arbor Day community festival in Rochester, Minnesota.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. By the 1920s, each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.

National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. - Wiki

 

Forest
Forest Photo: Wiki

Forest

The small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra is the town where was held the first Arbor Day around the world, a initiative launched in 1805 by the local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population. - Wiki

Planting holm oaks in Pescueza
Planting holm oaks in Pescueza Photo: Wiki

Planting holm oaks in Pescueza

In Spain is usually held on the International Forest Day on 21 March, but following the 1915 decree spirit that forced to celebrate the Arbor Day throughout Spain, each municipality or colective decides the date for its Arbor Day, usually between February and May.

In Villanueva de la Sierra (Extremadura), where the first Arbor Day in the world was held in 1805, it is celebrated, as on that occasion, on Tuesday Carnaval. It is a great day in the local festive calendar.

As an example of commitment to nature, the small town of Pescueza, with only 180 inhabitants, organizes every spring a large plantation of holm oaks, which is called the “Festivalino” promoted by city council, several foundations and citizen participation where several thousand people together repopulates naked lands and regaining life. All wrapped up in a fun party atmosphere, joy, music and renew. - Wiki

Planting in Algeria
Planting in Algeria Photo: Wiki

Planting in Algeria

Beginning in 1906, Pennsylvania conservationist Major Israel McCreight of DuBois, Pennsylvania, argued that President Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation speeches were limited to businessmen in the lumber industry and recommended a campaign of youth education and a national policy on conservation education. - Wiki

2014 National Arbor Day at Edison Ford Estates
2014 National Arbor Day at Edison Ford Estates Photo courtesy Edison Ford, used with permission

2014 National Arbor Day at Edison Ford Estates

National Arbor Day 2014 at Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be April 25 at 10 a.m.
Arbor Tree Planting with Edison Ford, Helen Hendry, Trustee and Tree Specialist,
Edison Ford staff and students from Edison Park School.

Celebrating Florida Trees on National Arbor Day is an annual celebration at the Edison &Ford Winter Estates, home to hundreds of varieties of trees and plants and numbers of champion-sized trees

Represents first Arbor Day
Represents first Arbor Day Photo: Wiki

Represents first Arbor Day

The naturalist Miguel Herrero Uceda at the monument to the first Arbor Day in the world, Villanueva de la Sierra (Spain) 1805. - Wiki

Edison Ford tells us that National Arbor Day was established in 1872 as a national celebration. Thomas Edison began his work in Fort Myers adding trees to his gardens as early as 1885. 

Some of his earliest favorites include the Mangos which he planted along the McGregor Boulevard fence line and the stately Royal Palms which are a feature throughout his property as well as the historical landscape of McGregor Boulevard. - Edison Ford

 

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