Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edison Heritage Garden
In Memory of Thomas and Mina Edison
According to his original 1885 landscape sketch, Thomas Edison intended for his Estate property to include not only homes, a laboratory and outlying buildings, but also areas for growing fruits and vegetables which could be eaten, given to friends and family, or sold by the staff via “truck gardens,” which literally meant selling produce out of the back of a truck.
Edisonís plan listed pineapples, citrus, peanuts and other edible plants that could be cultivated in the tropics. He frequently created raised beds and container gardens to efficiently produce and research his plants. He also employed innovative practices for irrigation, propagation and fertilization such as using seaweed as a fertilizer and rainwater for irrigation.
In keeping with the Edison tradition, today the Estate uses organic plant food and soaps, as well as supplementary rainwater.
The Estates horticulture staff encourages volunteer participation in the care, propagation and sale of an ever-changing variety of heritage plants which reflect the lifestyle of the
Heritage plants for sale and classes throughout the year encourage public involvement and knowledge of the unique horticulture and gardening interest of the Edisons.
Location. 26° 38.024′ N, 81° 52.782′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is in the 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); Mina Miller Edison (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.)
Categories. • Education • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.