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PHOTO: Vendors will have plants available for sale at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates August Plant Sale.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2020) — On August 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Edison and Ford Winter Estates will hold a special plant sale, open to the public. The sale will take place outdoors, in the Garden Shoppe and surrounding areas. The Shoppe is stocked with new plants and additional plant vendors will also be on site. Horticulturists will staff a “Garden Guidance” table and answer guests’ gardening questions (vendors and “Garden Guidance” table will be on site until 2 p.m.). Admission to the plant sale is free (does not include tours or admission to the museum, lab or riverside of the property).
The Garden Shoppe offers a unique place for gardeners to shop for quality plants. A large selection of flowering and fruit trees, butterfly plants, herbs, succulents, orchids, rare exotics and Florida natives are available. Many of the flowering trees and shrubs in the botanical gardens are available for purchase, along with wind chimes, fountains, ceramic flower pots and garden art.
A limited number of garden carts are available, so guests are encouraged to bring their own. Additional discounts are available for members (guests can join that day and get the discount). Refreshments will be available for purchase. The Garden Shoppe is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the organization is undertaking the following safety measures. All visitors will be required to wear masks at the Plant Sale, staff are wearing protective masks and undergo temperature checks each day, surfaces are cleaned and sanitized daily, protective shields have been installed at the ticket counter, visitors are also required to wear masks in indoor spaces and on guided tours, signs are posted throughout the site alerting visitors to practice social distancing, and hand sanitizer stations are available.
The botanical gardens, museum and Botanic Research Laboratory are also open seven days a week. The site includes more than 20 acres of gardens in a park-like setting with large shade trees and a scenic river view. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the gardens and stroll outside on the porches of the historic homes and view into the interior lifestyles of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Guided Tours are available and limited to no more than 10 people per tour to ensure social distancing.
Admission tickets to tour the site may be purchased online at EdisonFord.org or at the ticket counter. General admission ticket prices: adults, $25; teens (ages 13-19), $20; children (ages 6-12), $15; children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. Members also get in free. ###
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.