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Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 27th
  • Every Wednesday – 10:30 a.m.  community garden jan 2015 garden tour

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30.


Edison Ford Antique Car Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 22nd
  • Antique car show 2015February 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

     Over 100 antique cars will be on exhibit and car owners will showcase their cars on the Ford lawn, along the beautiful backdrop of the Caloosahatchee River.

It is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Henry Ford, pioneer of the automobile industry and a winter resident of Fort Myers. Owners will be on-hand to visit with guests and answer questions. It is sure to be a memorable event for the whole family.

In addition to the car show, there will be informal tours with Henry and Clara Ford and live music. Texas Tony will be providing barbecue for purchase.

Antique car owners can register their car by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419. The registration form is also available on our website.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members – Adults $20, Children (6-12) $11.

antque car show jan 2015 update


Edison Ford Antique Boat Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 20th
  • Two Day Event – January 31 and February 1 edison reliance 2

      Antique boats will be on display in the Coconut Grove and at The Marina  at Edison Ford, both in the water and on land at Pinchers for viewing pleasure.

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Visitors will enjoy seeing many varieties of boats and can get an up-close look at them. Boat owners will also be available for questions.

This event is sure to please nautical enthusiasts, both the young and young-at-heart.

nautical flags jan 2015 boat show



NEW Exhibit: Founding Females Opening Reception and Gallery Talk January 25

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 17th

Exhibit Opening – January 25, 2015: 

  • Reception from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk by Tom Hall, Curator and Artist at 3:00 in the Edison Caretaker House Gallery
  • Exhibit Open for Edison Ford Members, Family and Friends of the Founding Females, Artists and the public
  • Refreshments to be served
  • To RSVP, call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419

Other activities during the exhibit will include: 

  • Founding Females Tours in Fort Myers by True Tours. Call for information:  239- 945-0405
  • Girl Scout Badge Programs in March – call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419
  • Artist Workshops: Leoma Lovegrove’s Collage Workshop on March 25th and 26th at Lovegrove Gallery. Call for information: 239-283-6453
  • Megan Kissinger’s Zen Drawing in the Gardens on March 25th and Drawing in the Edison Gardens (Part 3) on March 28th, call: 239-334-7419

founding females exhibit info


Featuring Founding Females and Artists: Berne Davis (Artist Kyra Belan) and (Artist Christine Reichow), Barbara B. Mann and Berne Davis (Artist Kyra Belan), Mina Edison (Artist Beth Everhart) and (Artist Leoma Lovegrove), Evalina Weathorford Gonzalez (Artist Vicki Baker), Ada Elizabeth Hancock (Artist Genie Witzel), Julia Hanson (Artist Joan Woolam), Florida Abby Schultz Heitman (Artist Mary Beth Barbato), Helen Thompson Hendry (Artist Megan Kissinger), Julia Isabel Frierson Hendry (Artist Joan Woolam), Flossie Hill (Artist Tracy Owen Cullimore), Alice Hendry Tooke McCann (Artist Genie Witzel), Marion Twiggs Myers (Artist Genie Witzel), Ella Mae Piper (Artist Cindy Jane), Veronica Shoemaker (Artist Linda Benson) Olive Stout (Artist Africa Valdez) and  (Artist Robert Pavon), Tootie McGregor Terry (Artist Sarah Tumm), Laura Hendry Thompson (Artist Paula Eckerty) and (Artist Renata Reuter).







Volunteer Program – Taking Care of Antiques, Art and Books

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 10th
  • January 20, 10:00 a.m. – Taking Care of Antiques, Art and Books

      Learn about how Edison Ford cares for its priceless antiques, art and papers from Curators at Edison Ford and some very special guest volunteer meeting caring for antiques etcconservation experts including Jeremy Fogg (Holly’s son), Studio Manager for Anthony Moore Painting Conservation of York, Maine. The company specializes in the conservation and restoration of oil paintings from early religious icons to old master works, 19th century American and European paintings and modern art. Practical tips will be shared and questions will be answered. We will also answer questions about a particular item that you might have if you bring it to the meeting.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. For information on becoming an Edison Ford volunteer call the Edison Ford Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419 or visit us online.


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.


Artists and Authors Night at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 7th
  • December 13, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Museum and West Porch

artists and authors dec 2014 update      Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Edison Ford Artists and Authors will personalize artwork and books for a one-of-a-kind gift.

For more information on which Artists and Authors will be available visit our events page online or call239-334-7419.




Volunteer Program – Curator’s Pics and the Literacy Buddy Project

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 5th
  • December 9, 10:00 a.m. – Curator’s Pick Books and Literacy Buddy Project

      Learn how you can become a Literacy Buddy. Edison Ford staff and volunteers have been supporters of this program for several years. Our Guest Speaker will be Donna Thompson, Quality Resource Advisor of the Literacy Buddy Project.

Andrew Scheip, Curatorial Assistant, Site Historian and Media Purchaser at Edison Ford will be speaking about some of our favorite children and adult books available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. For information on becoming an Edison Ford volunteer call the Edison Ford Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419 or visit us online.

Volunteers are needed to work Holiday Nights as hosts, for refreshments and throughout the site. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public.

holiday nights the night santa met henry ford

December Daytime Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 2nd

Everyday of the week Edison Ford offers visitors historian-led guided tours, audio tours in English, German, Spanish and French; museum demonstrations and hands-on science activities.

In addition to daily tours, visitors may enjoy:

  • Daily Daytime River Cruises on the M/V Edison Explorer ~  10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.

Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford, river cruises will take passengers up the Caloosahatchee River to learn Edison Ford river history, river ecology, as well as viewing dolphins, manatees, birds and river life up close.

  • Inside the Lab Tour ~ Tuesdays & Fridays – 10:30 a.m.Inside the lab tour

This in-depth exploration inside the Edison Botanic Research Lab, a National Historic Chemical Landmark includes areas of the laboratory which are normally closed off to the public and also includes Museum guided tour.


  • Garden Tour ~ Wednesdays – 10:30 a.m.

Join Edison Ford garden staff to tour the 20 acres of gardens and homes of the Edison and Ford families. Admission includes audio tour of homes, museum and lab.

  • German Language Tour ~ Wednesdays – 10:30 a.m. & Fridays – 12:30 p.m.

Historian-led tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum in German language.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour ~ Thursdays – 11:00 a.m. Behind the scenes tour holiday nights

A Behind-the-Scenes tour takes you inside and up close in the Edison and Ford homes led by curatorial staff, and includes the homes, gardens, lab and museum. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-334-7419.


  • Spanish Language Tour ~ Saturdays – 1:00 p.m. 

Historian-led tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum in Spanish plus the audio tour in Spanish.

  • Young Inventor’s Tour ~ Saturdays – 11:00 a.m. 

Children of all ages will have fun while participating in hands-on science activities based on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Activities include an assembly line, phonograph demonstrations and much more.


Holiday Nights Entertainment on Museum West Porch – 7:00 p.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 30th

Holiday nights entertainment schedule 2014