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Weekly News   

June 7, 2024

The Caloosahatchee Bridge (US 41/Cleveland Ave.) will be closed for
approximately 10 weeks. The bridge closure does not affect Edison and
Ford Winter Estates, which will be open regular hours during the bridge
work. Visitors coming from North Fort Myers can take the Edison Bridge
or Interstate 75 to cross the Caloosahatchee into the City of Fort Myers.  

Upcoming Events 

Farmers Market 

Every Friday in June and July 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Its going to be a great summer full of new experiences with our Farmers Market
opening today! Choose from fresh produce and other items, get something to eat
and drink, listen to music, and stroll through the wildflower and Bromeliad gar-
dens. 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). Sponsored by Bath Fitter
and Envision Construction Management.


Digital Discussion   

Step into History Digital Discussion –
Electrifying Fort Myers
June 12, 10:30 a.m. 

Interpret all that went into brightening the area with electricity and how it was
jolted into modernity by Albertus A. Gardner. This presentation will be led by
Assistant Program Manager, Tim. This is a free virtual lecture. Click here to
register online. 

Digital Discussion – 
The Lincoln Assassination 
June 18, 10:30 a.m.

Get informed of what happened surrounding Lincoln’s assassination and
details of the things leading up to it as well as what happened after. This
program will be led by Museum Manager, Holly Shaffer. This is a free
virtual lecture. Click here to register online.     

Summer Camp

Limited Spots open in sessions for Grades 3-5

This is the last call for children to have some fun doing some cool projects and
activities that bring about new knowledge in our Summer Camp Program! It is
also a wonderful opportunity to make some new friends. Advanced registration
is required. Click here to register today before spaces run out. 

Full week camps are $225 for Edison Ford members; $250 for non-members.
Three-day camps are $135 for members and $150 for non-members.  

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

Ongoing Programs 

Piano Performance
Takes place every Wednesday 
1 p.m.

Share in traditions of the past with Curatorial Registrar, Chet, as he performs
on Mina Edison’s 1932 George Steck piano in the guest house. Included with

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 admission.

Yoga by the River 
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
No session June 12, 24 and 26

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.   

Help restore our beautiful gardens. Donate today!  

What’s Blooming 

Golden Shower Tree 

The Golden Shower Tree, Cassia fistula, is raining with strings of golden yellow!
This large, semi-deciduous tree can reach heights between 30 and 40 feet tall. 
It is native to India, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. In the late spring to early sum-
mer, this garden gem will produce clusters of showy, bright yellow flowers that
extend along the tips of its branches. Some of the tree’s leaves drop in April right
before flowering occurs. After the blooms form, two-foot long, green cylindrical
seedpods will emerge that turn brown as they mature. For best growth, it should
be planted in acidic, well-draining soil in areas that receive full sun. Visitors can
find this tree next to the Edison Guest House!

Jamaican Cherry Tree  

The Jamaican Cherry Tree, Muntingia calabura, has small white flowers that give the gardens
a subtle shine! It is an evergreen shrub or tree that can reach heights between 10 and 40 feet
tall. It is native to Southern Mexico, the Caribbean, and Cental and South America. Through-
out the year, but primarily around the spring season, this tree will produce small white flowers
with yellow stamens that resemble those of a strawberry plant. It is known for its small, round
fruits that turn red when they are ripe with a sweet flavor that is said to be like cotton candy.
For best growth, plant this tree in areas that receive full sun in well-draining soils. Visitors can
find this tree next to the Edison Caretaker’s House.     


Shop for a variety of items in a space with historic Charm 

 The Museum Store is a space with historic charm, encompassing a section for car
enthusiasts, history, keepsakes, souvenirs, fun family activities, and tropical delight,
all wrapped in one. Whether you are a resident or traveling from a far, mix a taste of
Florida into your recipes with all new tropical-themed ingredients, sauces and mixes,
such as Florida Key West Lime juices, and all sorts of items from Old Florida Farms.
Make your summer cooking more fun with beach glass counter servers and cutting
boards, along with turtle, bird and crab platters. We also have aquatic serving plates,
trays, mugs, saltshakers and spoons. Complement these with towels featuring
embroidered starfish, fish, turtles, coral and jellyfish.

You can feel like you are still on vacation after you return home with beachy signs,
toucan figurines, glass turtle sculptures and more. For the outdoors, bring out the
peaceful, serene ambience with the soothing sounds of chimes. To make your yard
an inviting retreat, welcome friends, neighbors and family with Florida garden flags.
You can also choose from vibrant wall art that comes to life, including metal lizards,
turtles and butterflies. For lighting options, we have shells that light up.

In relation to the inventors, we have all new Ford signs for an office, workspace, garage
or man cave. Souvenirs include site-related ornaments, signs with quotes stated by the
two inventors, mugs, lightbulbs, stickers, patches, and glass plaques of the homes.

If you are looking for a simple souvenir or a small gift idea to bring back to a friend or
family member, we have new sets of make-your-own enchanted friendship bracelet sets.
You can make one that spells out your astrological sign, includes initials, or someone’s
name. There are ones already made, or you can make your own.

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