Great Gardens Of The USA - The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

A re-creation and re-interpretation of the gardens of inventor Thomas Edison’s winter home in Florida

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Did you know...

  • The planting features a subtropical profusion of figs, bougainvilleas and palm trees
  • The garden re-works a ‘Moonlight Garden’ on the Edison estate
  • A phonograph plays period tunes to delight garden visitors

About the Garden

The beauty and character of the Edison Winter Estates, in particular Ellen Biddle Shipman’s Moonlight Garden, provided the inspiration for this garden. Its main focal point is a front elevation of the office that Thomas Edison used on a daily basis. Surrounding the garden are wooden trellises with planting emulating that found in the Moonlight Garden. The central feature is a rectangular pool of still water with waterlilies and a blue-glazed planted container at each corner.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.