Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mina Miller Edison
1865 - 1947
During their many years in Fort Myers, the Edison enjoyed creating areas for botanical research and family pleasure gardens as well as useful kitchen and truck gardens. In fact, Thomas Edison tested more than 17,000 plants for possible sources of rubber and also grew numerous fruits and vegetables such as citrus, mango and pineapples.
This area of the Estate was dedicated as a kitchen garden or in Edisonís words, a “garden truck,” where staff could raise plants to use and to sell.
Mina Edison was also very interested in plants and gardening. On the estate, she worked with landscape architects to create the beautiful Moonlight Garden as well as the porch gardens which surrounded the historic buildings.
In the community, Mina Edison worked to improve Fort Myers through the creation of garden clubs and was an original member of the local Periwinkle Garden Club.
The statue of Mina Edison in the Garden was created by sculptor Don Wilkins and generously contributed by Estates patron Orvall McCleary.
Dedicated February 11, 2009.
Location. 26° 38.024′ N, 81° Touch for map. The marker is in the Edison Garden next to the Edison Museum & Ticket Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Alva Edison (here, next to this marker); Edison Heritage Garden (here, next to this marker); Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (here, next to this marker); Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (about 300 feet away); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (about 300 feet away); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (about 300 feet away); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 23, 2015.)
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