We've been here many times. It's free for us with our reciprocal garden membership so we go every chance we get...Otherwise the admission is ~$22 each. Yowsa!
|Mrs. Edison's Moonlight garden|
Thomas Edison was THE MAN of the decade back in the day and had more money than...well, take your pick of rich people you know and that was close. His protege, Henry Ford, liked Edison's winter home so much that he decided to get the house right next door for his own. He used it for two weeks out of the year. Can you imagine buying a house to use for only two weeks out of the year? Incredible!
|The Edison's bedroom|
It was this oddball pairing of friendships and homes that made one lovely tourist stop and which both put Fort Meyers on the map and gave it its nickname of the city of palms.
Edison loved palms and was responsible for the planting of all the palms down the main road in town. He and his wife searched the world for all sorts of plants to use in his experiments. He brought many back to this Florida home where they served to feed them as well. Yummy citrus and mangos being his favorites.
We went down to the river's edge and lookie here!
Now we could confidently say, "Hey, that's a egret...I think."
|Bamboo in a light bulb? Yep, Edison tried it.|
I didn't yet show you anything about Ford. Well, I'll fix that. These were gifts for Edison from his Ford buddy.
If you're ever in the Fort Meyers area, do take a tour down Royal Palm Drive to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, museum and botanical gardens. You can't miss it!