Historic Markers Across Florida

Clara Ford's Michigan Rose Garden

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Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 26° 38.067    W 081° 52.804
  26.63445    -81.88006666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Clara Ford's Michigan Rose Garden

Clara Bryant Ford had a passion for roses and grew over 350 varieties and 10,000 plants at the family's estate, Fair Lane, in Dearborn, Michigan. Mrs. Ford's favorites were tea roses in shades of yellow and white.

Did you know Clara Ford hired one of the first female landscape architects in America, Ellen Biddle Shipman, to redesign her small formal garden? Mrs. Shipman would later go on to design the Moonlight Garden here at the Edisons' winter estate following a recommendation by Mrs. Ford.

Funding for Clara Ford's rose Garden in Fort Myers was provided by Peggy Campbell, great niece of Mrs. Ford and features heirlooms roses of the 1920's area adapted to the southwest Florida climate.

A picture of this marker can be found on HMDB.org


More information:
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison - Thomas Edison
Wikipedia - Thomas Edison
History.com - Henry Ford
Wikipedia - Henry Ford