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  • Opening Reception, April 12 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

art in the garden flower april 2015    The 7th Annual Art in the Gardens returns to Edison Ford. On opening day, Sunday, April 12, light refreshments will be served from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., in the Heritage Garden to honor the teachers and their students who created the artwork. More than 20 Lee County Schools will have their artwork on display for visitors to enjoy. Edison Ford invites student groups each year to participate in the annual event, in collaboration with the Lee Art Educator’s Association. Thomas and Mina Edison loved their winter retreat and adorned it with flowers, plants and trees used for research purposes, as well as aesthetics. The theme for 2015 is “Flowers in the Garden.” Each art piece must be made with recycled materials, kinetic sculpture and placed with materials that can withstand the Southwest Florida environment: rain, wind, and humidity.

Thomas Edison had an interest in botanicals for research purposes, while his wife, Mina, had an interest in conservation and beautification. Perfectly, both interests spawned an expansive collection of hundreds of plants, flowers and trees from around the world displayed for visitors throughout the year at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Thomas Edison’s last great research and experimentation project was based in the Botanic Research Laboratory built in Fort Myers, Florida in 1929. Here, Edison tried to find a natural source for rubber production that could be grown and manufactured in the United States. Edison’s research was extensive, testing nearly 17,000 different plant specimens from around the world. Mina Edison’s deep love of the Fort Myer’s Community and her passion for conservation led her to participate in many civic and charitable organizations, including co-founding the Fort Myers Round Table, beautifying the city of Fort Myers through various garden clubs and beautification councils, member of the National Audubon Society and close friends with J. N. “Ding” Darling, and a member of the Chautauqua Bird & Tree Club. Today hundreds of beautiful botanicals flourish at Edison Ford and throughout Fort Myers because of Mina’s leadership and passion and Thomas Edison’s interest in rubber research.

“Art in the Gardens” is a FREE event.

List of schools scheduled to participate:  Bayshore Elementary, Bonita Springs Elementary, Challenger Middle, Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, Cypress Lake Middle, Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School, Fort Myers High, Lehigh Senior High, Mariner High, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Pine Island Elementary, Rayma C. Page Elementary, St. Andrew Catholic School, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Tice Elementary, Tortuga Preserve Elementary, Trafalgar Elementary, Trafalgar Middle, Varsity Lakes Middle, Veterans Park Academy for the Arts.art in the garden april 2015

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