Garden Talks Resume at Edison and Ford Winter Estates

FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 15, 2020) — Edison and Ford Winter Estates will resume its popular Garden Talks at 10 a.m. on September 26. Debbie Hughes, Horticulture Director, will talk about how to select, care for and the many benefits of growing houseplants.

“Houseplants are becoming more popular, especially with millennials and are a great choice for anyone without a yard, or who lives in an apartment or condominium,” said Debbie Hughes. “They can be used as art pieces, to add color to a room, improve air quality, and some studies have shown that plants in indoor spaces can even enhance people’s mood.

Houseplants will be available for purchase and Garden Talk participants will receive a coupon for 20% off plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. Tickets will be sold the day of the talk and limited to 25 participants. Masks are required, and guests should wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring drinking water. Tickets for the talk are $10 for Edison Ford members, or $15 for non-members (does not include tours).

Hughes has been giving talks for many years at the estates and covers a variety of garden topics from orchids to edibles. The talks will take place each month, except for when there is a plant sale or festival. With plant sales in October and November, the next Garden Talk will take place in December.

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.

Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the organization is undertaking the following safety measures. All participants will be required to wear masks during the Garden Talk, staff are wearing protective masks, 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. For additional information, 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 4:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.

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