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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 5th

      With trips to Asheville, Naples and Palm Beach already accomplished, we are looking toward a full plate of tours for the remainder of the season. The Director Tours are a wonderful way to learn about Florida with private experiences at the sites, behind-the-scenes and the involvement of our staff and staff at the sites. Although tours are filling fast, some space is still available on most of the tours.

We are already planning our full week in mid-September To Henry and Clara Ford’s sites in Dearborn, Michigan, special private opening and concert at the Henry Ford Estate, Greenfield Village Curator tours, The Henry Ford Museum, Picquette Model T Ford Plant and a trip north to Bloomfield Hills to visit the Cranbrook Academy of Art, founded in 1932, and includes historic structures, beautiful sculpture gardens and is the home of one of the leading architecture schools in the nation.  We will be staying at Henry Ford’s historic Dearborn Inn.

The program costs include all travel arrangements and tour fees. Edison Ford Members and Volunteers receive a special discount rate. RSVP to Leeanne Criswell at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. Spots are filling up quickly.


  • directors tour homestead jan 2015 updateRedland and Homestead Nursery, Winery Tour – EXPANDED – January 17, 2015 with an early start at 7:00 a.m.


We have had so much interest in this tour that we are adding a second bus and some additional horticulture staff.      The Redlands area south of Miami has long been a rural agricultural area and home of dozens of plant farms including orchids, exotic tropical plants, rare plants and wineries. The tour will also include one of our favorite “old Florida” sites which was created in 1945, The Fruit & Spice Park. With 37 acres and more than 500 varieties of edible tropical varieties, it is not to be missed. The tour will include a winery visit, lunch and snacks. There will be some space on the buses for limited storage of plants and purchases.


  • directors tour bok tower nov 2014Lake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015


Historic Bok Sanctuary & Gardens was designed in 1921 by Frederick Law Olmstead, for Edward Bok and his wife, financier and music lover. It was designed with 100 acres of gardens full of live oaks, camellias, azaleas and a spectacular 60 bell carillon tower. In February the gardens are ablaze with blooming azaleas and camellia.directors tour bok tower garden


The tour will also include the adjacent Pinewood Estate, a beautiful Meditarean style mansion and gardens from the early 1900’s. Private lunch will be at Pinewood Estate.


  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015


monarch     Bonnet House was completed in 1920 on the narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Fort Lauderdale. This expansive Caribbean-style plantation house was designed and built for the artist Bartlett and his wife. Together they assembled an impressive collection of paintings (including their own) and decorative pieces from their international travel. The day also includes Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world with hundreds of butterflies, hummingbird and lorikeet aviaries and exotic plants throughout the ten acres. Lunch will be at Casablanca Café.


  • Sarasota, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle, April 18, 2015


directors tour sarasota jan 2015     This tour will be led by Fort Myers/Naples architect, Joyce Owens who will be joined by architects and trustees of the Sarasota School of Design Foundation which oversees the historic structures of the Mid Century Modern centuries of the 1950’s. The day will include a walking tour of Lido Key and a bus tour of favorite Sarasota buildings with lunch on St. Armand’s Circle at The Columbia Restaurant.


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