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Annual Winter Garden Festival at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates to Host Annual Winter Garden Festival

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 14, 2022) – On February 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Winter Garden Festival. More than 50 garden vendors from around the state of Florida will have tropical and native plants and trees for sale. The festival takes place outdoors, under large shade trees and features food trucks and live music.

Vendors will have many types of plants and trees, including air plants, bromeliads, butterfly plants, cacti, fruit trees, herbs, hibiscus, orchids, palms, succulents, and many hard-to-find species. Vendors will also offer garden supplies, such as fertilizer and worm castings. The Edison Garden Shoppe will be open and have unusual tropical and Florida native plants that thrive in Southwest Florida. Ceramic flowerpots, vegetable and flower seeds, garden art, and gardening gift items will also be available for purchase.

“This is a very special event at a historic site, offering gardeners everything from fruit trees to orchids to butterfly plants,” said Debbie Hughes, Horticulture Director at Edison and Ford Winter Estates. “Whether someone is looking for edibles, Florida natives, or just something their neighbor doesn’t have, this is the place to find it.”

In addition, there will be a book signing during the festival. Jana Milbocker will have her book, “The Garden Tourist’s Florida, a Guide to 80 Tropical Gardens in the Sunshine State,” available for purchase and signing. Milbocker is an avid gardener, garden designer, lecturer, and author. She is the owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. She is also the past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and she’s active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International. The Garden Tourist’s Florida is her third garden travel guide.

Edison Ford members will receive a discount on Garden Shoppe purchases; guests may purchase a membership during the event to receive the discount. Members also receive free, unlimited general admission throughout the year, plus free admission to many other museums and gardens across the country through the reciprocal program.

A limited number of garden carts will be available, so guests are encouraged to bring a cart or wagon for transporting plants. A designated plant holding tent and loading spot will be offered for anyone needing assistance. Parking and admission to the festival is free (tours of the homes, museum and lab are not included). In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, masks are recommended for visitors attending the festival. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit

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.
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