Garden Class: Women of the Moonlight Garden; thier inspirations and Contributions

Fort Myers 2350 McGregor Blvd , Fort Myers , Florida 33901


The Moonlight Garden at Edison and Ford Winter Estates would not exist today if it weren't for the vision of Mina Edison, a well-traveled and educated horticulturist in her own right. This class will cover the garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, one of America's first landscape architects and more. The program will go beyond the design and dissect this formal garden to understand the source of Mina's inspiration from many of her female contemporaries. While travelling with her husband, and visiting American gardens, she absorbed inspiration for many of the elements sill in use today, including the layout, bougainvillea trellis, pottery and plant choices. The class will also cover some of the early challenges that did not survive the test of time. After the in-class presentation, participants will get to go behind the ropes in the Moonlight Garden. Classroom time: 60 minutes; garden time: 20 minutes. 

Advance registration is required for all classes, as each class is limited to 25 participants. Register online at Masks are required, and participants should bring a notebook, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, garden gloves and comfortable walking shoes. All in-class participants will receive a 20% discount coupon toward plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. All classes are taught by Karen M. Maxwell, horticultural specialist. The cost of this session is $35 for Edison Ford Members and $50 for non-members. 

This class will take place on December 8, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. 

Posted by: Edison and Ford Winter Estates

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