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Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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April 2021

Free

Digital Discussion: Buckingham Army Airfield During World War II

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join Program Manager, Holly Shaffer for a Digital Discussion on Buckingham Army Airfield, a training in Lee County Florida established in 1942. At the time, it was the largest airfield in the State of Florida. Its primary mission during World War II was to train aerial gunners who would defend bombers. Mina Edison visited Buckingham Field during her time in Fort Myers and invited 25 GIs to her Seminole Lodge Estate for lunch and a swim. This is a free…

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$45 – $60

Container Gardening and Introduction to Floral Arranging

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Container Gardening and Introduction to Floral Arranging April 13, 2021, 1:30 p.m. Cost: $45 Members; $60 Non-Members This program is one of the most popular and includes materials for participants to make and take their creation. Understanding how plants are conditioned is key to success when working with live plants, as well as how to care for the arrangement. This class takes basic floral arranging up a notch by teaching how to braid plants to add a very interesting highlight.…

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$45 – $60

Garden Class: Container Gardening and Introduction to Floral Arranging

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Garden Class – Container Gardening and Introduction to Floral Arranging April 13 1:30 PM This program is one of the most popular and includes materials for participants to make and take their creation. Understanding how plants are conditioned is key when working with live plants, as well as how to care for the arrangement. This class takes basic floral arranging up a notch by teaching how to braid plants to add a very interesting highlight. Many of the arrangement techniques…

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Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Museum Musings: Edison’s Electric Motor

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Museum Musings is an ongoing biweekly program that takes place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and provides in-depth information on a specific topic pertaining to our site. Join Site Historian, Phil Chase to learn about the history of Edison's work with the electrical generator motor. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members.

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$10 – $15

Homeschool Science Scholars: The Engineering Design Process Grades 4-6

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us and explore the "living laboratory" of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Our Wild Wizards will challenge your mind and foster collaboration in this homeschool science and engineering series. Classes take place in an outdoor environment (weather permitting). In this session, students navigate the "problem space" as they explore the engineering design process. Similar to the scientific method, this is a step-by-step procedure used to guide the process of problem solving. There will be a series of fun…

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$10 – $15

Homeschool Science Scholars: The Engineering Design Process Grades 7-8

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join us and explore the "living laboratory" of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Our Wild Wizards will challenge your mind and foster collaboration in this homeschool science and engineering series. Classes take place in an outdoor environment (weather permitting). In this session, students navigate the "problem space" as they explore the engineering design process. Similar to the scientific method, this is a step-by-step procedure used to guide the process of problem solving. There will be a series of fun…

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$15 – $20

Sunset Celebration

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Visitors are invited to stroll the botanical gardens after regular hours for a special evening of music, refreshments and a sunset view over the Caloosahatchee River. Guests may also walk onto the porches of Thomas Edison's and Henry Ford's winter homes and look inside through the open doors. Jeff Feldstein plays an eclectic mix of crowd favorites. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Guests may bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax and watch the sunset. Masks are required.…

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$90 – $100

Silk Scarf Painting Class

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Join artist Marie Dyer for a silk scarf painting class. Participants will make a 14" X 72" silk scarf that can be worn or hung as a piece of artwork. All materials are included in the fee. No experience is required. Please register at least 24 hours in advance. Redeem your e-ticket at the ticket counter when you arrive for the class. Masks are required. Register online at edisonford.org. The cost of this program is $90 for Edison Ford members…

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$30 – $45

Garden Class: Growing Roses in Southwest Florida

April 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Garden Class – Growing Roses in Southwest Florida April 20, 2021 1:30 PM You may know that Mina Edison and Clara Ford grew roses at their year-round residences, but did you know that you can have a beautiful rose garden right here in Southwest Florida? In this class, you will learn all the techniques required for a successful rose garden in our semi-tropical climate – it is quite different from what you may have learned to grow roses up North.…

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$10 – $15

“Grow Fort Myers” Plant Sale & Workshops

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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“Grow Fort Myers” Plant Sale & Workshops Saturday, April 24, 2021 9:00 A.M. (see website for complete schedule edisonford.org) Come spend the day with us and participate in workshops, demonstrations, and of course plants will be available for sale! Learn how to create a native habitat for butterflies and birds, grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees, and how to grow orchids from trees. The Garden Shoppe will be stocked with new plants and several vendors will be on site. Masks…

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Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Museum Musings: Edison’s Talking Doll

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Museum Musings is an ongoing biweekly program that takes place in Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and provides in-depth information on a specific topic pertaining to our site. In this presentation, Curatorial Registrar Matt Andres will discuss Edison's Talking Doll and explain how it works. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission to the site for non-members.

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Exhibit is free. No admission to homes, lab, or museum.

ART in the Garden

April 30 @ 9:00 am - May 30 @ 5:30 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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ART in the Garden Exhibit April 30 – May 30 Students from local schools will participate in the 13th Annual Art in the Gardens! This year, each class from more than 20 schools will create art pieces using wooden fish (approximately 45”x18”). The student may pain or decorate the fish in a creative manner, using recyclable materials that can withstand the outdoors. The fish will be mounted on a fence near butterfly garden for all visitor to view. There is…

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May 2021

$10 – $15

Garden Talk: Growing Citrus

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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For many years, Florida has been the citrus capital of the world. 300 citrus trees once stood throughout the Edison property. It is essential that citrus trees are properly cared for and the necessary steps are taken to protect them from citrus greening. Join us for this informative talk on citrus best care practices highlighting new research findings from the agricultural industry. For anyone who wants to grow citrus trees in their own backyard, this class will provide you with…

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Edison Ford members: free; non-members: included with admission

Museum Musings: The Mangoes

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Henry Ford's winter estate was called "The Mangoes", named after the row of Mango trees that lined the pathway leading up to his home. In this talk, Curatorial Assistant, Tayelor Kakes will discuss the history of Mangoes and highlight the different varieties that you can find throughout the property. This program is free for Edison Ford members and included with admission for non-members. Masks are required.

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$75 – $85

Etiquette Class at Edison & Ford

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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Etiquette Class For Children ages 6-12 Mina Edison was a gracious hostess and concerned with the well being of children and the community. Following in her tradition, this two-hour etiquette class will teach etiquette and social skills. Students will gather at the Edison Caretaker’s Cottage for a lesson in good manners. This class teaches proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three-course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion. Classes are taught by Suzanne Willis…

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