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Garden Talk – How to Grow and Care for Bamboo

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 7th

bamboo garden talk● April 13, 9:00 a.m.

     Bamboo growing in Fort Myers may have enticed Edison to purchase the property in 1885 and was a material that he used as a filament for the light bulb. Today many varieties of bamboo grow in the Edison Ford gardens.

      Join Edison Ford horticulture staff to learn how to plant, prune, care for, and maintain bamboo in containers or in the ground. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Afterwards enjoy a tour of Edison Ford bamboo.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.


2 Responses

  1. erik the flutemaker Says:

    I would love to take your class. I have an acre of bamboo growing for 22 years. Historically I would love to know when that Alphonse Karr arrived at Edison’s.

    My study reveals it came via H. H. Berger in San Francisco to Theo L. Mead in Ovideo and settled in Reasoner Brother’s Nursery in Bradenton and moved around the state. Also Henry Nehrling brought it in in 1897. But his flooded lake killed much of it in 1905 and Theo Mead replaced some of his bamboos.
    Nehrling spent some time with Edison.
    The Fort Myers Agriculture Sub Station in 1893 had it growing. I wonder if Edison had his hand in that.

    Looks like Confederate officer Evans planted the original bamboos or they came from Cuba with the homesteader who squatted at the old fort. I would love to speak to you bamboo historian.
    The Bambusa multiplex Alphonse Carr came from S China, settled in Korea and came to Southern Japan around 1590. The was sent to San Francisco on a steamer from Yokohama in 1887 and arrived in FL 1888.
    The Bambusa Multiplex Silver-stripe (Argentea Striata) landed around 1885 at Edmund Hall Hart’s the famous orange grower in Federal Point near Palatka. His brothers fought for the Union.
    Regards, Erik

    Posted on April 10th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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