|PHOTO: Many types of flowers, shrubs and trees are available at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe. |
Garden Shoppe at Edison and Ford Winter Estates Opens
FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 7, 2020) — On May 15, the Garden Shoppe at Edison and Ford Winter Estates will reopen for customers to purchase plants and gardening-related items. Initially, the Shoppe will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rest of the site will remain closed.
“Many people are spending more time working in their gardens now and we’re getting requests to open the Garden Shoppe so that people can buy plants,” said Mike Flanders, President and CEO. “It is a spacious outdoor area, where visitors can still practice social distancing.”
The Garden Shoppe is a unique nursery, where people can purchase many different kinds of plants, including flowering shrubs, butterfly plants, herbs, fruit trees, Florida natives, and rare exotics. Ceramic flower pots, water fountains, wind chimes, and garden art items are also available. The Shoppe also carries worm castings and other soil amendments.
To help keep everyone safe, staff will be wearing protective masks, surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized, and all guests are encouraged to practice social distancing. Shoppers should park along Larchmont Avenue and enter through the gate with the red pergola. A limited number of garden carts will be available, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own cart. ###
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 220,000 visitors walk through the location each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The property is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December for Holiday Nights.