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

Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk

 
 
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Inscription.  Orchid Lane developed as a natural path from the mango trees that formed a line down both the Edison and Ford properties. Orchids are air plants, or epiphytes, which do not require soil to grow. They receive nutrients from the air, rainwater and decomposing matter, such as leaves and dead insects that get caught in the roots or leaves. Orchids find mango trees perfect hosts on which to grow. The Edisons received gifts of and purchased orchids from around the world and placed them in the trees at the Fort Myers Estate because the climate was perfectly suited for this flowering plant. The path along McGregor Boulevard eventually became known as Orchid Lane.

Today orchids like the Phaelanopsis, Dendrobium, and Cattlyea can be seen throughout the gardens, as well as along Orchard Lane. The Estates is a Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species (CITES) designated organization by the U.S. Department of the Interior and receives plants from throughout the world.

The stones along this pathway create the Friendship garden feature at Seminole Lodge. Each stone was a gift to the Edisons from friends, family and local
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community members and leaders. This path started in 1928 with a stone from Hamilton Holt, the president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. There are also stones in memory of Mina’s mother and father, Mary and Lewis Miller and the Valinda Circle, a local group promoting the ideals of the Chautauqua movement, which advocated culture, entertainment and education in small towns. Mina’s father was one of the founders of Chautauqua, and Valinda was her mother’s maiden name.
 
Location. 26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. The marker is inside the Edison Estate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford (here,
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next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker); Edison Caretaker’s House (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Also see . . .  Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 26, 2015.)
 
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The Edison family created the Friendship Walk as a way to pay tribute to their friends and relatives. The path winds between Seminole lodge and McGregor Bloulevard. The first stone was dedicated in 1930 and the path grew to its present size by the 1940's.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 19 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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