Edison-Ford Winter Estate
The Edison-Ford Winter Estate is located on the shores of the
Caloosahatchee River only minutes from downtown Ft. Myers. It offers
visitors a experience that they will not find at any other garden.
The 14 acre gardens were designed by Thomas Edison from 1886 to 1930.
many of the plants were brought from all over the world by friends and
collegues of Edison. One feature of the garden that all visitors enjoy
is the massive Banyan tree. The tree was planted in 1925 as a gift
from Harvey Firestone. Edison was fascinated with by-products and
other things he could derive from plants. So he filled his garden
with anything he thought could be useful.
Another favorite of the garden is Edison's laboratory, where he
worked on many of his famous inventions. Edison's home and his
next door neighbor Henry Ford's were both built
in 1886 and have been restored and preserved.
The garden offers visitors guided tours of the grounds including
the homes and laboratory. Visiting the Edison-Ford Winter Estate
is a unique way to enjoy a beautiful garden as well as a story rich in history.
- Address: 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Ft. Myers, Fl. 33901
- Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm Sunday 12pm-5:30pm
- Admission: $12.00/5.50 adults/children
- Contact information:(941)334.7419