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Weekly News   

May 10, 2024

This Weekend

Garden Talk – Gardenias
May 11, 10 a.m. 
Expand your breadth of knowledge about gardenias! 
We will introduce you to some surprising varieties of
gardenias, from shrubs to small trees, and beautiful
yellow ones! Our gardenias should be blooming just
in time to celebrate Mother’s Day so you can honor
all the mothers in your life with this special beauty. 
Advance registration is not necessary.

Members: $15 and non-members $20.   

Open on Mother’s Day

Open Mother’s Day, May 12
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Happy Mother’s Day! We will be open our regular
hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mothers can take a peaceful day for themselves
or spend it with those they love while strolling
through a spectacular expanse of gardens. 

Digital Discussion

Digital Discussion – Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer 
May 21, 10:30 a.m. 

Get a window into the life of Amelia Earhart and her
historic accomplishments as a pioneer in the field of
aviation and women’s rights. This program will be
led by Museum Manager, Holly Shaffer. 

This is a free virtual lecture. Click here to register

Upcoming Events

Farmers Market
Every Friday in June and July 
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

There is a new farmers market in town! Come shop
for fresh produce and other items, get something to
eat and drink, listen to music, and stroll through the
wildflower and Bromeliad gardens. Plus, there will
be fruit trees, herbs and flowering plants available
for sale in the Garden Shoppe. 

The Farmers Market is a free event with free parking
(does not include admission to the museum, laboratory
or riverside of the property).   

Open Summer Camp Sessions

Fundamental Physics Summer Camp 
June 10-14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Inspect the matter that makes up the operation of
unique objects! From the sound waves of the
phonograph to the mystery of light in a bulb, this
camp explores the wild world of physics. Campers
will learn how to amaze as learn about the world
around us. Advance registration is required.

Click here to register online. 

Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250 

Space and Rockets Summer Camp
July 1-3
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Travel to the stratosphere in this exhilarating camp! This
camp is part space and part rocket science. Campers will
learn about their place in the universe as they design and
launch their own water-powered rocket. Experience is
not required but the laws of motion are!

Advance registration is required. Click here to register

Edison Ford members: $135; non-members: $150

Mechanical Marvels Summer Camp 
July 22-26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Implement the astonishing capabilities of mechanisms to
complete a range of projects! Campers learn about simple
machines, mechanical advantages, and gear systems in the
fast-moving camp! Advance registration is required.

Click to here to register online. 

Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250 

Wired Wizardry Summer Camp
June 17-21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Determine how different pieces come together to form
an electrical system! In this crash course of electronics,
campers learn about watts, amps, volts and the power
of circuits. The week concludes with campers design-
ing a light system in their own miniature model house.

Advance registration is required. Click here to register
Edison Ford members: $225; non-members: $250

Robotics Team Open House
May 18, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Are you interested in checking out all the neat functions
of robots? We are inviting students to meet our First LEGO
League Robotics team “Assembly Required” as well as our
First Tech Challenge team “jEdison Knights.” Students and
parents will have the opportunity to meet the coaches, tour
the facility, and engage in robotics and teamwork related 
activities. Parents and students will also have the opportunity
to learn about FIRST Robotics and First LEGO League.
Registration is required. Click here to register online.   

Other Programs

Phonograph Demonstration with John Kurdyla 
May 15 and 22, 1:30 p.m.

Learn about the unique inner workings of the phonograph
with phonograph expert, John Kurdyla! He will demonstrate
the Edison standard phonograph and teach visitors how to
record a message on the device. This program is included
with admission to the site. The presentation will take place
in the new Learning Laboratory in the museum.   

Become a MEMBER and get unlimited free visits,
discounts on purchases in the Garden Shoppe, retail
stores, special events and adult education classes!  

Join today!    

Ongoing Programs

Piano Performance
Note new time on May 15: 12 p.m.
Takes place every Wednesday 

Join Curatorial Registrar, Chet, for a special piano performance.
He will play Mina Edison’s 1932 George Steck piano in the guest
house. Included with admission. 

Step into History Presentations 
Tuesdays and Thursdays
 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Each week, Edison Ford Historians present an in-depth
look at a topic related to our site. This program is held
in the 15,000-square-foot museum. Included with ad-

Yoga by the River 
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Class will be held in the River Pavilion (weather permitting).
All skill levels are welcome. This class is taught by Bonnie
D’Angelo, a certified yoga instructor. 

Edison Ford members: $15; non-members: $20 per class.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket counter.
Bring a yoga mat, water, and towel. Admission to the site
is not included.

Art in the Gardens
Open through May 26
Sense the wondrous spirit of the local community as you
glance at creative works in our Art in the Gardens exhibit!
The theme this year is “Art on Wheels” and includes art-
work inspired by things that include wheels. There is no
charge to view this exhibit. It is located in the Garden
Shoppe area, next to the museum porch.  

Banyan Café

Banyan Café
Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Wednesdays)

Enrich your culinary tastes while you take pleasure
in fabulous scenery and riveting history for an activity
that will please all the senses! The Banyan Café has a
new matcha menu in all different flavors, including
Lady Lavendar, Queen Bee, Mango Tango, Strawberry
Rose, Coconut Lemonade, and Honeyed-Violet. The
café is set in a beautiful, calm environment surrounded
by a whimsical canopy of stately trees that create an
invigorating atmosphere. The café is open daily from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays).  

Help restore our beautiful gardens. Donate today!  

What’s Blooming

Southern Magnolia 
The Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora, is garnishing
the gardens with blooms that form a shape like teacups! It is
native to central and coastal plains from Florida to North
Carolina and Texas. In the late spring and early summer, this
garden gem produces large creamy white flowers that produce
a fragrance similar to a lemon. Once the blooms form, woody
brown fruits with bright red seeds will emerge that are often
used in dried arrangements. For best growth, plant this tree in
well-drained, acidic soils in locations with defined landscape
beds that receive sun and shade. You can find this tree on the
pathway between the Moonlight Garden and the Edison
Caretakers House.


The Jacaranda, Jacaranda mimosifolia, is draped with puffs
of purple! This tree is native to South America. In the early
spring through summer, this garden gem will produce
clusters of lavender, violet, purple, or white trumpet-shaped
flowers along the tips of its branches. Its blooms are
complemented by fern-like leaves. After the flowers form,
2″ circular brown seed pods will begin to emerge. For best
growth, this tree should be planted in well-drained, sandy
soils in a location that receives full sun. The Jacaranda can
be found in the lawn between the Caloosahatchee River
and the Edison Main House!     

Go Public Garden Days

Go Public Gardens Week 
The annual Go Public Gardens Days celebration of national
public gardens starts today and will run through May 19!
This program was designed by the American Public Gardens
Assocation in 2009 to highlight important topics such as plant
conservation, water conservation, the preservation of green
spaces and home gardening.

We have a sprawling 20-acre botanical garden with all sorts
of landscape wonders that you can imagine, including fruit
trees, shrubs, flowers, flowering trees, herbs, ficus trees,
cycads, bamboo and so much more. Edison used a series of
botanicals in his research and his garden was his living lab-
oratory, while Mina used horticulture to bring people together
and improve communities. Gardening was a huge part of his-
tory with the formation of numerous clubs, flower shows, and
largescale projects that are at the very core of Florida. 

Be a part of this movement by doing your part to sustain our
landscapes in Southwest Florida by purchasing a plant from
the Garden Shoppe or attending one of our Garden Talks and
classes that teach people all sorts of best gardening practices.
We hope to see you soon!   

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