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Top 7 spring events at Edison Ford Estates (Photos)

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On April 4, 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates shared seven events for the new spring season. The Estates, in Fort Myers, Fla., will be hosting these special events.

"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. During special events, as seen below, different settings on the grounds are used. - Edison Ford

"Rhythm on the River," at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, will present live music and dancing in the Edison Coconut Grove. Music will be provided by the Danny Morgan Band.

At the "Edison Garden Talk" one can learn from Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist and member of the Rose Society. With her will be guest speaker Pennie Crawford. Both ladies will instruct guests on how to grow roses successfully in southwest Florida. Their talk will include how to plant, what is the best soil mix, watering, fertilizing, pest control and what types of roses do best in Florida climate. The Garden Talk includes a walk to the historic rose gardens on the Edison and Ford Estates.

"Ford Mustangs" (Henry Ford's vehicles and more) will be on display, and the event will include entertainment, BBQ and beverages for purchase and informal tours with "Henry and Clara Ford."

"Sculpture Installation" will be held at Edison Ford, and it will include large and small sculptures being on display throughout the Heritage Garden adjacent to the Edison Ford Museum. Participating schools were awarded grant funds from Edison Ford and other grants to find the materials (recycled and all-weathered) to create the fanciful, all-weather outdoor sculptures.

“Art in the Garden” will have an opening reception. The event will also include refreshments and hands-on science activities with the Edison Wild Wizard.

"Art in Bloom" is a project of both the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. The project combines art pieces with floral designs. Artwork created by a talented group of artists who have displayed their work and participated in programs at Edison Ford is used as an inspiration for members of the Garden Council and staff of Edison Ford to design their own piece of art using plant materials.

“Freshwater Wetlands Systems of Florida" will begin in early May, and Edison Ford will host the 40 hour education extension program on Florida’s ecosystems.

The Top 7 Edison Ford events in April and May 2014 are Art in Bloom, Rhythm on the River, Edison Garden Talk, Ford Mustangs, Fishing, Art in the Garden and Naturalist Program.

For more details on all the above visit various links or go to Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Edison's home
Edison's home Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Edison's home

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates boasts over 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries. The Edison Ford offers a variety of tours, insuring that there is something for everyone.

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

Ford vehicles

Celebrating 50 Years of Ford Mustang is part of the antique car show and is held on the riverside on the Henry Ford Estate in Fort Myers, Fla.

From Edison Ford Garden
From Edison Ford Garden Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

From Edison Ford Garden

Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Last Guided Tour starts at 4 p.m. Self-guided audio tours available in English, German, French, and Spanish.  Maps available in English, German, French and Spanish. German language historian-led tours are also available every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Inventor Thomas Edison and Industrialist Henry Ford
Inventor Thomas Edison and Industrialist Henry Ford Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Inventor Thomas Edison and Industrialist Henry Ford

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.

Fruit at Edison Ford
Fruit at Edison Ford Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Fruit at Edison Ford

Today the gardens, at Edison Ford, 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.

Henry Ford's home in SW Florida
Henry Ford's home in SW Florida Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Henry Ford's home in SW Florida

July 30th marks the 150th birthday of Henry Ford and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating with a new exhibit, Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation, programs, presentations and cake!

The NEW exhibit features Ford’s contributions to the automotive industry including several of his 161 patents, a collection of historic photographs, as well as artifacts and Ford inventions. Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation highlights Ford’s interest in the Edison Botanic Research Corporation and his experimentation with soybeans.   The exhibit includes a replica of one of the antique American quilts from the Ford collection as well as other items that reflect the interests of the Ford family.

Musicians at Edison Ford
Musicians at Edison Ford Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Musicians at Edison Ford

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.

Art in Bloom
Art in Bloom Image by Megan Kissinger, courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Art in Bloom

Artwork created by a talented group of artists who have displayed their work and participated in programs at Edison Ford is used as an inspiration for members of the Garden Council and staff of Edison Ford to design their own piece of art using plant materials.

Art
Art Photo courtesy of Edison Ford, used with permission

Art

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

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