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President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 1st

president update 150x150  President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO     We recently accepted a donation of 500 plus orchids from a grower in Homestead, Florida called Pine Ridge Orchids to add to our existing growing collection of orchids in the trees throughout the estates. This brings our total to slightly more than 1,000 orchids that have been catalogued.

debbie with orchid sept 14 175x300  President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO      The new collection blooms throughout the year thanks to the oversight of Senior Horticulturalist, Debbie Hughes, and a dedicated group of garden volunteers, and includes Dendrobium (Phalenopsis), Clowesia and Cynoches.

During their lifetime, the Edisons assembled the largest collection of orchids in Florida,  locating them along the trees in Orchid Lane as well as throughout their property. Henry and Clara Ford joined them as the lane of host mango trees extended through both neighboring estates.

Debbie is leading a Garden Talk on October 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to show off the orchid collection and talk about orchid propagation back in the Nursery.

orchid sept 2014 283x300  President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO     For orchid lovers, our trip to Redland on January 17, 2015 will include the nurseries in one of our favorite books, The Orchid Thief.

For more information on upcoming orchid programs contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 or www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

 

 

Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 31st
  • River excursion sept 2014 group pic 300x213 Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. daily, 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Experience the Caloosahatchee River in a whole new way aboard the M/V Edison Explorer departing daily from The Marina at Edison Ford. Members and visitors to Edison Ford will enjoy a river excursion aboard the newly built passenger vessel with certified naturalists and historians from Pure Fort Myers and Edison Ford.

River excursion sept 2014 300x145 Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford      River excursions will take passengers up the Caloosahatchee River to the historic railroad bridge, with great views of the island rookery filled with shorebirds. Passengers will learn Edison Ford river history, river ecology, the history of the Caloosahatchee and Fort Myers, as well as seeing dolphins, manatees, birds and river life up close.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $25 Adults, $20 Children (includes an audio tour of Edison Ford and river cruise); non-members $50 Adults, $35 Children (includes an audio tour of Edison Ford and river cruise). Customized private tours can be scheduled for groups with discounted group rates. For more information visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419. Sunset cruises are also available and tickets can be purchased by calling 800-979-3370 or visiting Pure Fort Myers.

 

 

 

September Programs at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 30th

September programs September Programs at Edison Ford

Edison Garden Market – November 22 – 23, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 18th

Mark your calendars for the Edison Garden Market. The event is great for family and friends and is FREE to the public.

Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping venue for unique garden items, including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, ginger, butterfly plants, garden art, home and gardening supplies are all available. Edison Ford horticultural staff will be available to answer questions in the Garden Shoppe. Historic “heritage plants” that have been propagated in the nursery will be available for purchase.

The Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state and attracts nearly 1,000 gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items. Edison Garden Market vendor space is available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors. For more information contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

garden market 3 300x223 Edison Garden Market   November 22   23, 2014

Edison Ford Homeschool

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 17th

     Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn science and history by exploring many of Edison’s inventions, ranging from electricity to homeschool august 2014 200x300 Edison Ford Homeschool movies. Each session follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core). Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class. Each class for Robotics and History involves hands-on activities, and requires team work, critical thinking, problem solving and presentations from the students.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $15 (one adult; one child); non-members $25 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $15. For a complete schedule click here.

 

 

 

 

Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 15th
sawfish Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program

Juvenile sawfish at the Edison Ford cove.

     The Junior Naturalist program is an exploration of the natural environment in Southwest Florida. Each class targets a different aspect of our environment with animals and habitats, trees, flowers, seeds and weather and a final summation class, covering ecosystems, river ecology and preservation. Students can register for classes individually. If a student completes all three classes, the student will receive an Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Badge and Certificate. The Junior Naturalist program is taught by certified Wetlands Master Naturalists and Edison Ford Faculty and will be based in the Edison Ford Education Center, with much of the time spent in the Edison Ford gardens. Registration is required.

Cost: One class: Edison Ford Members $40; non-members $50; Three classes: Edison Ford Members $100; non-members $125. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

September 20, 2014 & April 11, 2015 - Animals and Habitats

September 27, 2014 & April 18, 2015 - Trees, Seeds & Flowers

October 4, 2014 & April 25, 2015 - River Ecology and Ecosystems

Click here for more information.

Emerging Inventors

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 13th

emerging inventors august 2014 254x300 Emerging Inventors     Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program for one – three year old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members. The program  includes socializing with others, education activities, experiments and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at Edison Ford. Each month will have a different theme and each session will introduce science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5 (one adult, one child); non-members $15 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $5.

For a complete schedule of classes visit us on the Web. To register for classes call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 

Two Different Workshops with artist Leoma Lovegrove

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 11th

     Nationally known artist, Leoma Lovegrove teaches only at Edison Ford and in France. Don’t miss this chance to work with this master teacher and renowned artist. Cost: Edison Ford Members $350, non-members $375.

leoma and class 293x300 Two Different Workshops with artist Leoma Lovegrove November 12 & 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Painting in the Gardens

     Learn painting technique and create original work in the Edison Moonlight Garden and the New West Porch at the Museum. Good for all skill levels, supply list will be provided.

March 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Collage

     Create history through personal photographs and other objects combined with painting and the instruction of Leoma Lovegrove. Work in areas of Edison Ford and at The Marina at Edison Ford. Lunch on your own at Pinchers with Leoma.

 

Drawing in the Gardens at Edison Ford with artist Megan Kissinger

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 9th

  megan kissinger class 272x300 Drawing in the Gardens at Edison Ford with artist Megan Kissinger   Award-winning nature artist Megan Kissinger will teach the basics of drawing flowers, leaves and trees, with informal drawing techniques. Multiple workshops are offered and include classroom lectures, and demonstrations in the Edison Ford gardens. Participants can chose one class or all four classes as each has a different focus. Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $90.

 January 30, 2015 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Drawing Peaceful and Contemplative Gardens (Zen Gardens)

     No artistic ability required. Creativity is the goal of this class. Students will be inspired by the nature at Edison Ford as they stroll through the gardens.

 January 31, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foliage Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to greenery, leaves and stems.

 February 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foliage Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to colorful flowers and buds.

 March 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Tree Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to trees, bark and roots.

 

Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 7th

 November 15, 2014, January 24, 2015, March 14, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 scarf art april 2014 300x260 Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyer    Join artist Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own one-of-a-kind scarf. All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. “Scarf Art” classes will be located on the West Museum Porch at Edison Ford. Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80 (includes all materials and scarf).