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2016 Director Tours Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 15th

● March 26, 2016 – Homestead/Redlands Tour – NEW Date, NEW Itinerary
RF OrchidsThis tour will include stops to some of the best and most unique local nurseries in the area for tours and demonstrations.  One of the places we plan to visit is R.F. Orchids, owned by Robert Fuchs family for over 50 years. They will provide a private tour of one of the most beautiful and award-winning Orchid Nurseries in the U.S. They have received over 1,000 awards from the American Orchid Society and other recognition from around the world.

bananas directors tourAnother nursery we plan to visit is Going Bananas. They are a nursery in Redlands devoted to exclusively growing over 100 varieties of Banana Plants. Owner Katie Chafin will provide us with a private tour of the nursery as well as educating us on the banana plants.

Tour of Schnebly Winery and Brewery –schnebly wineryPeter Schnebly will provide a tour of the Winery and Brewery, a wine tasting, and will share the history of the Schnebly family and the wine and beer making process. Schnebly’s will also provide lunch for us in their beautiful outdoor facility. You will also be able to purchase beer and/or wine to take home.

Another stop will be at the Famous “Robert Is Here” Tropical Fruit Stand. This stand has been around since 1959 when Robert was just six years old trying to sell his families excess cucumbers. Today it is a family-run business that has grown into a fruit stand, farm, animal area, picnic and splash park. Live music every weekend from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.There will be room on the bus to bring home plants, wine and fruit.

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For more information or to register contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling 239-334-7419.

● April 23, 2016 – Tampa
Walking tour of the Historic Ybor City and the Cigar Factory, and lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.

● May 14, 2016 – Lakeland
Private tour and on-campus luncheon at Florida Southern College and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece which has been recently restored.


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