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Celebrate Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday at Edison Ford – NEW Ford Exhibit Open

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 11, 2013

NEW Ford Exhibit Opens

•  July 30, All Day Activities 

     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 model T and ford statueof his 161 patents, a collection of historic photographs, as artifacts and Ford inventions. Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation highlights Fords’ interest in the Edison Botanic Research Corporation and well as includes his experiments with soy beans. 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.

Activities include:

 • 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – NEW FORD EXHIBIT OPEN in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 10:00 a.m. – Antique Ford cars under the Banyan Tree

 • 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony and cake served in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 10:00 a.m. – NOON – Enjoy live Ford era music performances on the hammer dulcimer and fiddle    hammer dulcimer

 • 10:30 a.m. – Contra dance performance

 • 11:00 a.m. – Clara Ford Rose Garden Dedication at Ford estate

 • 11:30 a.m. – Behind-the-Scenes tour of Ford estate

 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Gallery Talks: Henry Ford and his Inventions in the Edison Ford Museum

 • 2:00 p.m. – Car Talk: The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum

      Visitors receive a 20% discount off Ford merchandise in Edison Ford retail shops including the NEW Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops on July 30th.

 Ford items in store

Clara Ford’s Rose Garden Dedication

● July 30, 11:00 a.m.

      Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, had a passion and love for roses. Fair Lane, the Michigan estate of the Fords, had more than 350 varieties of roses and 10,000 rose plants in their five acre garden.

      In honor of Mrs. Ford, Edison Ford horticultural staff installed a small historic rose garden at the Ford’s winter estate. The rose garden features antique and heirloom roses of the 1920s era, adapted to the southwest Florida climate.

     Mrs. Ford’s favorites were tea roses in shades of yellow and white. Alongside these, other soft pastel colors of pink and peach have been added as accents. The rose garden is designed to be viewed and enjoyed from the front porch of their estate, or by a short stroll along the path leading to the Edison Ford Friendship Gate. Rose varieties are for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

    Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden was provided by Peggy Campbell, great niece of Clara Bryant Ford.

1 Response

  1. R. Brian Drass Says:

    My grandfather, Edward G Kurtz owned a Ford agency in Ocean City, NJ. I was told that they knew Henry Ford quite well and was given a rose bush which was in our front yard. I was talking to a friend about it and came across this website. I just thought I would mention it. They were large pink blooms. The bush succumbed after a flood in the early 90s.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 at 1:32 pm