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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mina Miller Edison

1865 - 1947

 
 
Mina Miller Edison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
1. Mina Miller Edison Marker
Inscription. Mina Miller married Thomas Alva Edison in 1886. This was the same year that the two began to create their winter estate in Fort Myers.

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 we; 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° 
Thomas and Mina Edison enjoy a quiet moment amongst the bamboo that grew throughout the Estate. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
2. Thomas and Mina Edison enjoy a quiet moment amongst the bamboo that grew throughout the Estate.
52.782′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the left when traveling south. 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); Inside the Ford Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (about 300 feet away); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (about 300 feet away); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (about 300 feet away); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (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.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Mina and Thomas Edison image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
3. Mina and Thomas Edison
Mina shades herself from the tropical sun with a parasol as she and Thomas Edison take pleasure in the beauty of the Moonlight Garden
Mina Miller Edison image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
4. Mina Miller Edison
Mina Edison plants a tree as part of a beautification project along the local Tamiami Trail 1931.
Mina Miller Edison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
5. Mina Miller Edison Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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