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President’s Update – Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 1, 2013

president reportThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates is renown for our trees, This includes the banyan tree, collection of bamboo, citrus collection, rubber trees galore and of course, the ‘show stopping bougainvillea.’

      Helen Hendry, Landscape Architect and long-time member of the Edison Ford Board of Trustees, has been working with our staff for many years as we nurture and manage our collection.

      This time of year, I receive phone calls regularly asking about our dazzling hedge of Margaret Bacon and Daniel Bacon bougainvillea. Questions like: ‘how do you get it to bloom like it does, how do you keep it managed, how old is it and what variety is it’ are very common for us.


  • Margaret and Daniel Bacon – Bougainvillea Hedge at the Edison Ford Museum is about 50 years old and is trimmed regularly, fertilizedbougainvillea hedge throughout the year (not in the summer months), and carefully lifted above the ground.
  •  Helen Johnson (named after Helen Johnson Hendry) – Bougainvillea in the McGregor median at Edison Ford is available for purchase in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.
  •  Barbara Karst – Bougainvillea in the Edison Moonlight Garden has been carefully managed to maintain its historic 1920’s appearance. 


The monthly “Edison Ford Garden Talks” are a great way to catch up on specific plants and to ask questions about a favorite plant like the bougainvillea. The topic for February is “Roses for the Tropics,” but we are sure there will be lots of questions about other plants in the Edison Ford Gardens.

      In May 2012, I brought home the top award from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. for our restoration of the gardens at Edison Ford.  It was a great honor for me, and I am proud to say our gardens are flourishing, the Garden Shoppe is open daily for sales and questions, the monthly Garden Talks are very well-attended and our leadership in plant propagation and education continues.

      Come visit our gardens regularly as we are constantly changing the gardens with each season featuring an amazing collection of exotic, tropical and rare plants and plant ideas to bring home to your garden.


2 Responses

  1. Betsy Gahagan Says:

    Do you know the history and the naming of theMargaret and Daniel Bacon Bougainvilea? Margaret was a member of my garden club and we are researching it.

    Thank you
    Betsy Gahagan
    North Country Garden Club, Long Island NY zone III

    Posted on June 2nd, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  2. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    HI Betsy,

    According to Debbie Hughes, our horticulturist: It was named for James Hendry’s relatives-I think his Aunt and nephew.

    According to our exhibit on Helen Hendry: “The first nursery in Southwest Florida, The Everglades Nursery, was established in 1909 by James Hendry Jr., grandson of Southwest Florida pioneer Captain Francis A. Hendry.”

    We hope that helps!

    Posted on June 5th, 2013 at 1:03 pm