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founding females mary hill march 2015     A new original portrait of Mary Hill or “Mother Hill” has been installed in The Founding Females Exhibit. Mary Hill opened the most popular boarding house in Fort Myers which opened in 1889. Her portrait was created by artist, Celeste Borah.

The Founding Females Exhibit opened in February in the Edison Caretaker’s House and has been very well attended. It not only captures the unique attributes, which these “pioneer women” brought to the community, but also presents the works of a very well established group of artists. The result is a history exhibit and an art exhibit combined.

Throughout the next couple of months a series of workshops and tours will be available for the public including painting and drawing workshops, private group lectures (with lunch or refreshments optional) and Girl Scout Badge work. 

  • Legends and Legacy Tour in Fort Myers by True Tours. For more information call 239-945-0405
  • Marie Dyer’s Scarf Art – March 14. Call 239-334-7419 to register or for more information.
  • Artist Workshops: Leoma Lovegrove’s Collage Workshop on March 25th and 26th at Lovegrove Gallery. Call for        information: 239-283-6453
  • Megan Kissinger’s Zen Drawing in the Gardens on March 25th and Drawing in the Edison Gardens (Part 3) on March 28th. Call 239-334-7419 to register or for more information.

Special Programs for Girl Scouts for the Founding Females Art Exhibit, March 8, 15, 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

     March is Women’s History Month and the Founding Females Exhibit is all about the outstanding women, whose leadership and presence in Southwest Florida helped shape the region. Participating Scouts can register for this hour-long program, which includes hands-on activities, free time after touring Edison Ford, and access to the picnic area for refreshments. Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 to register. Cost: $20 per Scout or participating sibling (includes one parent).



Edison Ford KIDding Around at Bell Tower Shops

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 4th
  • KIDding Around – March 7, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

      Bring the entire family for FREE kid’s activities at The Bell Tower Shops. Join Edison Ford at the “KIDding Around” event, between the Ulta and Fresh Market parking lot.

Edison Ford staff might be doing a phonograph demonstration or even making slime. This is a different experience every time. Other activities on site usually include a bounce house, face painting, refreshments, musical fun, and much more. Make certain to stop in the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower and check out the collection of educational toys and books for young readers. Edison Ford Members always receive a 10% discount!

Kidding around at bell tower


Learn to Make a Hypertufa Shoebox Trough at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 3rd
  • March 7 (Day 1 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. – Edison Greenhouse
  • March 10 (Day 2 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. – Edison Greenhouse

hypertufa planter      Continuing with our popular Hypertufa Garden projects, participants will create a rustic plant trough using a shoebox. Learn all the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two-day workshop. The second day of the workshop we will offer a flexible AM/PM schedule to help accommodate all participants. Succulents will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe to finish out your trough with a planting.

Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Bring a shoebox to this workshop and all remaining supplies will be provided. To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $30 for the two day class; non-members $35 for the two day class.


March Daily Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 2nd

daily March 2015

Emerging Inventors – Edison Chemistry

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 1st
  • emerging inventors march 2015March 5 & 19; 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program for one, two and three year old children and their parents. Emerging Inventors learn about and use all five senses in this class while discovering the many flowers and trees throughout Edison Ford.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult, one child); non-members $15 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $5. To register for classes call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.


Elderhostel Road Scholars at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 28th
  • March 2, 10, 11, 16 & 23road scholar

      Road Scholars at Edison Ford enjoy a full day of exploration and history with Behind-the-Scenes tours of the homes and laboratory, as well as two lectures focused on the lives of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

For more information or to register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.


Weddings and Special Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27th

wedding mysore     Bridal Blast, a semi-annual bridal show has grown to be the largest in Southwest Florida. On March 1, 2015 at Germain Arena from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Edison Ford Event staff will be showcasing the Estates. Edison Ford will meet with brides and grooms and help them plan their dream wedding, reception, cocktail party and stunning photo location.

Edison Ford is the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding. With historic homes, romantic gardens, and spectacular river views, Edison Ford has something to offer every bride.

Ceremony Packages include a wedding ceremony, one-hour wedding rehearsal, a two-hour engagement photo session, the wedding sepia fordopportunity to take photographs throughout the property on the day of your wedding, complimentary passes to Edison Ford for your guests, and an event staff member to coordinate and supervise your ceremony, as well as necessary support staff.

There is no substitute for viewing Edison Ford in person. Contact the Edison Ford Event Coordinator, Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 to schedule a site walk and check the availability of your wedding date or special event.

Visit our wedding blog for more information.

wedding moonlight garden

weddng pier

Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27th
  • garden sunflowerEvery Wednesday & Saturday – 10:30 a.m.

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30.


Edison Member & Community Crop Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 26th

community garden feb 2015     With 20 crop gardens already rented, Edison Ford staff is looking to add another 20 plots that are 4×8 and fully ready with organic soil and water nearby. Thomas Edison would be happy as he used the east garden area for all sorts of vegetable and research gardens.

Some of the gardeners are admittedly just starting out, but with the help of other gardeners and Edison Ford staff the gardens are thriving.

The crops already are yielding kale and tomatoes like in the photo, and eggplant, broccoli, cabbage and lots of different varieties of lettuces.

The public and interested gardeners are always welcome to tour the Edison Crops Garden located at the east side of the Museum near the solar field and the tall scarecrow in the white lab coat.

For more information and to reserve your plot, use the application or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 who oversees all program registration.

community garden registration form

Edison Ford Business Members are Important

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 25th

Most of the businesses do much more than participate as Members as they take on volunteer projects, contribute in-kind services and products, and provide other support to Edison Ford. Since the new non-profit organization took over Edison Ford in 2006, our Business Members have been playing important roles in our funding and programming costs.

summer camp may 2014 update     One such business is Advanced Polymers, whose owners Don and Arlene Keehan, have donated annually to support the Wild Wizard Hands-On Science Program by funding one of the teaching positions and related costs. General Electric Services also support education programming. The involvement of each business becomes tailored to our needs but also the resources of the business.

For the businesses who become members their opportunities to become engaged at Edison Ford include holding a business meeting or event for FREE each year at Edison Ford, get monthly updates and tour the site as often as they want. Perhaps the biggest benefit is knowing that they are helping to support an important and still young non-profit which adds so much to the cultural and educational quality of life in the region.

Please contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 if you would like to join the following group of Business and Corporate Members:

Newest Members: Entech Computers (Martin Hass), Iberia Bank (Lee Golden), Norris Home Furnishings (Rene & Larry Norris)

Business & Corporate Members: Advanced Polymers (Don & Arlene Keehan), BGI-USA (Thomas Scannell), Charles Edison Fund (John Keegan), Edison National Bank (Robbie Roepstorff), Florida Power & Light (Charlotte Miller), Forestry Resources, Inc. (John Cauthen), General Electric Services (Steve Niehaus), LCEC (Karen Ryan), Marc Joseph Realty (Marc Johnson), Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects (Jeff Mudgett), Phelan Holdings, Inc. (Grant Phelan), Southwest Florida Distributing & Publishing (Dan Baggot), Stroemer & Company, P.A. (John Stroemer)