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FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 10, 2023) — Edison and Ford Winter Estates is offering new gardening classes for residents and guests to learn how to have successful gardens in Florida. Classes are offered each year during the spring months and cover a wide range of topics. 

Upcoming classes:
Grow Fabulous Roses
February 21 at 1:30 p.m. or February 25 at 10 a.m.
Participants will learn techniques for successfully growing roses in South Florida and the importance of rootstock, identifying problems, best preventative programs for pests, choosing appropriate species for the climate, proper feeding and soil amending, as well as pruning techniques. Cost: $55 for non-members or $45 for Edison Ford members.

Growing Tropical Fruit
March 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew fruit while in Southwest Florida including citrus, pineapple, mangos and more. The class will cover citrus greening, tropical fruits for the climate, best growing practices, rare fruit from around the world, pruning techniques, and pest management. Cost: $55 for non-members or $45 for Edison Ford members.

Participants should bring a notebook, pencil and drinking water. Hats, sunscreen and good walking shoes are recommended for the outdoor portion. Each class includes handouts, a recommended reading list, and additional resources to help the Florida gardener succeed. 

Advance registration is required and limited to 25 participants. The classes are held in a climate-controlled and accessible classroom at the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council and Berne Davis Gardens, located across the street from the Edison Ford parking lot (on Larchmont Avenue). At the conclusion of class, each participant will receive a 20% discount coupon for plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. Register online at 

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