Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Florida discussed on Retrospect

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Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford who had they winter states over in Fort Myers, and they kind of encouraged him to consider buying property food the south and over on the west coast, we did down in Naples, Florida, and that became his tropical what he called his tropical garden, and this tool remnants of it today, if you go to the Naples zoo and Caribbean goblins there is a lot of sign each referring their massive fig trees that that kneeling plan to the a lot of his other plantings and they're assigned each they talking about what he did in his work down at his tropical gardens. He loved in goes, he came he, and he died here nine hundred twenty nine I think he found that he could grow more of a variety of plants here. And he particularly loved goes on this area. Now, did he literally walk through the gardens and raise these himself? Or was he more the the science guy in the background, directing others? I think he was about as hands on as you can get which is what is. Fabulous about reading his books because he talks about his techniques full growing things the way he found where he was very much about using natural mulches to keep the soil moist into rich the the rich soil with the fallen leaves. And that kind of thing he includes his recipes for bonemeal in this kind of thing that he would use to help fit allies, he hands on when you think about the amount of work that he did he had over seventeen hundred named varieties of caladiums growing on this property, and that requires an incredible amount of hands on work as you cross breed those different plants, and he knew he took copious notes needs extrordinary notebooks, which are now in the library at Rollins college. And the university of central Florida library have collections of he's extrordinary notebooks with all of the results that he observed. I asked you to put nearly in. Context of Florida's history. But actually put the gardens now in the context of Goethe, what does it mean to the community to have that location there, and frankly, the work you've put into bringing it back to life? It's interesting when we first talked about trying to buy the property. There was some pushback from the community. People are always a little concerned about change. I think and understandably the navy's concerned about having perhaps the public pouring into the back Yard's. I think I hope that they coming to understand that what we're about is making beautiful, and peaceful and a place for people to come and unwind and appreciate nature that we're not going to be going out throwing wild parties, and, you know, having lots of loud music, and so I think bit by bit as they've understood that we're very serious about this that we are passionate about this. But we also care about the community. Coming to understand that. And we're getting some much more support from the community. We actually have right of the moment stored in the garage, all beautiful historic Marcus. That are going to be going up on all the access roads. Coming into the an Orange County grand enabled them to do the beautiful start Marcus to him out of being founded in eighteen eighty five. And it's now our historic rural settlement, and so restoring those until they've got someone to come out and and get them installed. And so we're really wanting to work with the community. And I think they coming to realize that we have such an important part of the story of west Orange County in the story of this wonderful little German-American community. I heard so I'm sure they do. And why don't you? Go ahead and let everyone know again about corks caladiums and canvases is coming up. It is our main annual fundraising event to help us in restorations the gardens. It's coming up on Saturday. The twenty seventh of April from.

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