On November 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Garden Festival. More than 40 garden vendors from around the state will have exotic and native plants and trees for sale. The festival takes place outdoors and also features food trucks and live music.
Vendors will have many types of plants and trees, including African violets, bromeliads, butterfly plants, cacti, fruit trees, herbs, hibiscus, orchids, palms, succulents, and more. The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and is stocked with unusual tropical and Florida native plants that thrive in Southwest Florida. Ceramic flower pots, vegetables, flower seeds, garden art, and gardening gift items will also be available for purchase.
"Because of the hurricane, many gardeners now have empty spaces to fill in their home landscapes," said Debbie Hughes, Horticulture Director at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. "With all the different vendors, the Garden Festival offers a place where locals can essentially shop at 40 garden centers in one place."
Parking and admission to the festival is free (tours of the homes, museum and laboratory are not included). A limited number of garden carts will be available, so guests are encouraged to bring a cart or wagon for transporting plants. Edison Ford members will receive a discount on Garden Shoppe purchases; guests may purchase a membership during the event to receive the discount. For more information, visit www.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 220,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.