Events, Classes and Concerts at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

July 10, 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 Talk: Tropicals for the Hot Summer

July 10, 10 a.m.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers

Gardening in Southwest Florida requires specific knowledge since it is the only state in USDA growing zone 10. Many plants for all over the world thrive in the warm Southwest Florida temperatures and enjoy the daily summer rains. At Edison and Ford, there are plants from Costa Rica, Brazil, Thailand, India, and other parts of the world. During this talk, participants will learn about the varieties of plants in the Edison and Ford Gardens that do some serious growing during the summer. Tips on how to grow tropical plants at home will also be covered. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. All participants will receive a 20% off coupon for plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. Advance registration is not required.

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


Digital Discussion: The Amish and Amish-Mennonites of Sarasota, Florida

July 20, 10:30 a.m.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers

Throughout the 1920s, the Edison family spent a lot of time in Fort Myers. When the Edison’s spent time in Southwest Florida, the Amish began traveling to Pinecraft, a campground and neighborhood in Sarasota, just north of Fort Myers. The earliest Amish and Mennonite visitors traveled to Florida to escape cold temperatures up north. They also wanted more opportunities to farm during the winter months. Although their farming efforts were not successful, Pinecraft became a major vacation destination for these communities throughout the United States and Canada. Today, roughly 5,000 people visit each year, primarily in the winter. In this discussion, Program Manager, Holly Shaffer, will discuss the history of these groups in Pinecraft and why they still visit there today.

This is a free virtual lecture. Register online at Donations are appreciated.


This event runs from July 10, 2021 to July 20, 2021.

Upcoming Dates:
  • July 10, 2021 | All Day
  • July 20, 2021 | All Day