Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog - Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Blog

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Edison Ford Stores Ready for Gift Giving

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 22, 2016

Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe
and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower

ford-cottage-holiday-nights-christmasEdison Ford Museum Store and Shoppes are ready for holiday gift giving with interesting books, childrens items, art and craft items, hand-painted art and wearables, and lots of ornaments. Back by popular demand, the Holiday Nights t-shirt is back with a great new painting of the Edison Banyan tree bedecked with sparkly lights. The t-shirt will be available in male, female and children’s sizes.
The original drawing shows the original work of Edison Ford Conservator and Artist, Megan Kissinger.

NEW for Holiday Nights

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 8, 2016

Experimentation, inventive displays, historical tradition, electric lights and music have been part of the annual holiday event at Edison Ford for the past 41 years. This year, throughout December there will be a NEW nighttime feature for Holiday Nights with the waltzing-waters-picinstallation of a Waltzing Waters display at the Ford river lawn. Waltzing Waters has been a long tradition in the area since it opened as Waltzing Waters Aquarama in 1971. Over the years, the waltzing waters were also staged at The Shell Factory and finally closed to focus its attention on construction and installations throughout the world at sites like Disney Land … and now at Edison Ford.

Waltzing Waters is a dancing fountain-set-to-music show invented by Otto Przystawik in Germany in the 1920’s. In 1965 Otto’s son, Gunter, moved to Florida and started making his own, improved “Waltzing Waters: fountain installations in Cape Coral initially and then all over the world. Waltzing Waters at Edison Ford Holiday Nights is included with general admission and is FREE to Edison Ford Members.


Holiday Tea with Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21, 2016

● December 14 – 4:30 p.m.
jan-and-jamie-bromeliad-christmas-treeJoin Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea. Mr. & Mrs. Edison will take you on a tour of their seasonally decorated home, Seminole Lodge. Mrs. Ford will also welcome guests and lead a tour of her neighboring home, The Mangoes.

Celebrate the holidays with the Edison’s and learn about their favorite holiday traditions; enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies; and afterwards stroll the beautifully decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families.

claraCost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25 (includes general admission to Edison Ford Holiday Nights, Lab and Museum). Space is limited so registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

November Daily Programs at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 29, 2016


October Daily Programs at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 1, 2016

daily museum programs October 2016

What is a Boondoggle?

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 23, 2016

If you are looking for an unusual gift for yourself or others, then the old fashioned heritage craft known as a boondoggle will fit the bill.

Boondoggle are woven from sabal palm and legend has it that they ward off lightning strikes and bring good luck to the household. They were a traditional wedding present, and they are just plain beautiful.

The Edison Ford stores have boondoggles for sale in all of the locations, Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. They are made by local crafts person and a beautiful addition to any home or building.


Mangoes for Everyone

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 16, 2016

By now everyone knows that Henry and Clara Ford owned a Florida estate named “The Mangoes,” for the allée of mango trees that lined their property and the Edison Estate along McGregor Boulevard. The Edison family added innumerable orchids in the mango trees on this area of their property, which they called “Orchid Lane.”

Today Edison Ford continues the tradition begun by the Edison and Ford families. In fact, there are 17 different mango varieties on the property (including the “old Florida turpentine mango”).

group with debbie and mangoes in bucketsEdison Ford collaborates with ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) in North Fort Myers. ECHO Farm Manager, Tim Watkins, and interns assisted Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes gather turpentine mangoes (approximately 1,000). ECHO Nursery grows the seeds as rootstock, grafts mango varieties to the rootstock, and distributes grafted fruit trees to needy communities around the globe to help grow their own. Edison’s old mangoes have made their way around the world.

Garden staff gathers fruit from the property and will sell what is available in the Museum Store. Because mangoes ripen differently, it’s always good to call ahead to see what is ripe and available for sale. This time of year, there is starfruit, and eventually Meyer lemons, calamondins, key limes, and limequats seasonally. For more information on what’s available call, the Museum Store at 239-334-7419.

MEMBERS Mark Your Calendar

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 14, 2016

member celebration mr edisonAnnual Member Celebration – November 13, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m   

Members will join trustees, staff and invited guests on the NEW Edison Ford River Pavilion to enjoy live music by Flash Back for listening and dancing, tasty food and a cash bar. This will be a great event and time to meet with friends and stay involved.

Watch for more details in our October monthly update!

Petting Zoo at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 12, 2016
  • September 25, October 30 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 petting zoo july 2016       We have moved the Petting Zoo to the Banyan Tree and Café area for shade from the trees, seating, and refreshments. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the main ticket office.  Parking available in the main parking lot off of McGregor Boulevard or the new parking areas on Larchmont Avenue. Cost: Adults free; children entering the petting zoo gate will be $1.00 per child.

Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar for more information at 239-334-7419.

Daily Programs in the Museum for September

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 1, 2016

september daily programs