Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Fla., is getting a citrus grove. ( Florida Department of Citrus )

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is hosting an invitation-only celebration to mark the re-establishment of the historic Ford fruit grove in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Ford Citrus Grove Kick-off event is Feb. 27, according to a news release. A National Register Historic Site, the winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford attracts more than 250,000 visitors a year from all around the globe.

Local dignitaries and representatives from the partnering organizations will speak about the grove and the citrus industry. 

The new grove can encourage partnerships in agricultural tourism and education, according to the release. About 50 trees will include different citrus varieties, including valencia and midsweet. Signs and interactive displays will help visitors learn about Florida citrus, Edison and Ford’s interest in agriculture and the economic importance of the citrus industry today.

The Ford Caretaker’s Cottage will be restored.

The kickoff event is in partnership with these organizations:

 Old Florida Citrus, LLC;

 University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences;

 Florida Department of Citrus;

 Southern Gardens Citrus;

 CFS Roofing Services LLC;

 Gulf Citrus Growers Association;

 Sun Harvest Citrus;

 Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau;

 Millennial Brewing Co.; and 

 Sam Galloway Ford.

For more information, visit EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.

 
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