Events, Classes and Concerts at Edison and Ford Winter Estates


January 19, 2021


All Day

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33901

There’s Lot’s Of Opportunities to Learn And Grow At The Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates website or call (239) 334-7419 for more detailed information including pricing. Some events are free.

Garden Class: Introduction to Florida Gardening, Part 1

January 12, 2021 1:30 p.m.

Gardening in Southwest Florida requires unique knowledge as it is the only state in the continental U.S. that is in USDA growing zone 10. This class is designed to provide gardeners with all the tools to un-learn previous gardening experiences and command the exciting world of tropical gardening in less than perfect soil. Part I will cover plant taxonomy, plant reproduction, working with SW Florida weather challenges, understanding the differences between native plants and ornamental plants and recognizing invasive plants. Palm trees will also be discussed, and a great list of resources will be provided. Classroom time: 90 minutes.

Advance registration is required for all classes, as each class is limited to 25 participants. Register online at www.edisonford.org. Masks are required, and participants should bring a notebook, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, garden gloves and comfortable walking shoes. All in-class participants will receive a 20% discount coupon toward plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. All classes taught by Karen M. Maxwell, horticultural specialist.

Cost: $50 Members; $75 Non-Members for both classes; each class individually: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members. Pre-registration for both is required before the commencement of Part I for the cost discount. Both classes are not required, but recommended.

Introduction to Florida Gardening- Part II

January 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

The Part II program will dive deep into some of the important elements of becoming a successful gardener in SW Florida. State programs such as the Florida Friendly Gardening and Master Gardener Volunteer program will be covered. Additional topics include how to use fertilizers and soil amendments, common pest recognition and chemical and biologic controls, common weed identification, good irrigation and draining techniques, selecting plants for the Southwest Florida landscape, and a recommended reading or resource list will be provided. Classroom time: 90 minutes.

Advance registration is required for all classes, as each class is limited to 25 participants. Register online at www.edisonford.org. Masks are required, and participants should bring a notebook, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, garden gloves and comfortable walking shoes. All in-class participants will receive a 20% discount coupon toward plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. All classes taught by Karen M. Maxwell, horticultural specialist.

Cost: $50 Members; $75 Non-Members for both classes; each class individually: $35 Members; $50 Non-Members. Pre-registration for both is required before the commencement of Part I for the cost discount.

Garden Talk: How a Hypertufa is Made and creating hypertufa container

January 9, 10 a.m.

Join Horticulture Director, Debbie, for a lesson on building a hypertufa and how a hypertufa is made. Hypertufa is a lightweight, porous material made from various aggregates and bonded together using Portland cement, and makes a lovely mounting board for orchids and other epiphytes. All participants will receive a 20% discount coupon for use toward Garden Shoppe purchases. Participants will meet at the Information Booth.

Edison Ford members: $10; non-members; $15

Beauty from Disaster: Woodwork from Trees felled by Hurricane Irma

January 15, 2021

Edison Ford Winter Estates is hosting its third annual art show on January 15, 2021 with the opening of a new exhibit. Following the devastation from Hurricane Irma, the Edison Ford Winter Estates sold slabs of wood to help finance a small part of the recovery from the storm. Artists and craftspeople from all across Florida made amazing creations from the fallen trees and their creations will be on display through June 6, 2021. This 3rd Annual Edison Ford Art Show embodies Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s “can do attitude” and refusal to give up, even the arrival of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record can lead to beautiful and useful pieces of art.

Included with admission to the site

Rhythm on the River: Michael Dutra and The Strictly Sinatra Band

January 29, 2021 at 6 p.m.

This Sinatra tribute band has been performing all across the country since 2002. They opened for Howie Mandel at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and performed at the Governor Chris Christie inaugural event in 2010. Michael shares many similarities to Frank Sinatra: both are lefthanded, both born on December 12, they are the same height and both of their fathers were boxers at one time.

Come spend the evening along the river, while enjoying great music, a fantastic river view, and refreshing beverages! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. Coastal Dayz Brewery and American Grilled Cheese Kitchen will have refreshments available for purchase. No coolers are permitted. The concert will start at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Edison Ford lots only. Masks are required.

Tickets: Edison Ford members: $30; non-members: $35; all tickets the day of the event: $40.

This event runs from January 9, 2021 to January 29, 2021.

Upcoming Dates:
  • January 19 - 22, 2021 | All Day
  • January 29 - February 1, 2021 | All Day