Showing posts with label history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label history. Show all posts

Sunday, June 1, 2014

mina and clara...

Here are a few more pictures from the Romantic Homes magazine photo shoot of the beautiful roses at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates on the gulf Coast of Florida.

 
Mina Miller before she married Thomas Edison. She grew up and educated young lady with an appreciation of nature and her surroundings...

 
The Florida home of Thomas and Mina.
They escaped the cold North and spent winters at the lovely estate formerly known as the Seminole Lodge. 

 
The homes and grounds have been meticulously maintained
and are open to the public.

 
Walking the property is like stepping back in time...

 


 
Thomas Edison...

 
 
Mina created a beautiful oasis where she and her family loved spending time.

 
The gardens and greenhouses on the grounds were primarily Thomas' research gardens. He had species from all around the world. Mina missed the flowers from her Northern home so she found species that would thrive in the heat and sandy soil of the South.
The view of the rose garden from Mina's bedroom...

 
The “Safrano” tea rose introduced in 1839. The Safrano has been categorized as an Earthkind rose which means it has met the criteria for growing in tough conditions (minimal care, no extra water or fertilizers, and no specific pruning) over a 4 year trial period. 

 
Clara Ford, pictured here in 1923, had a love of gardening that stretched from her sprawling estate in Michigan all the way to her southern winter estate in Florida. Photo credit The Henry Ford.

 
Clara and Henry Ford's arts and crafts style home in Florida sits right next door to Thomas and Mina's home...
 
 
The beautiful “Marie Van Houtte” tea rose introduced in 1871.
 
 
Directly beside the front porch of the home sits Clara’s rose garden. It is but a small homage to her grand rose gardens in Michigan. Pictured here is the “General Gallieni” rose introduced in 1899.

 
The pristine white pergola that covers the walkway between the Edison’s home and guest house is flanked by incredible flowers including the “Mrs. B. R. Cant” Rose.



 
The “Louis Philippe” is a China rose that was introduced in 1834. Located in several locations around the Edison Estates, the “Louis Philippe” loves the warm tropical climate. The deep crimson color is offset by a pale blush center. As with antique China roses, the “Louis Philippe” also features the occasional white streaks.

 
Today visitors from all over the world can visit the lovely award winning estates Mina and Clara once called home. Although most people stop to learn about Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and all of their grand accomplishments, many leave inspired by Mina and Clara’s many beautiful contributions to the estates. Next time you see a rose, don’t just stop and take in the wonderful scent. Reflect for a moment on the history of this beautiful botanical treasure. It has not only been cultivated and studied for centuries but it has been loved and honored by generations.
 
Can't find this issue of the magazine...? Click below for subscriptions:
 
 
 
It was a pleasure to spend time wandering the grounds of the Edison and Ford winter estates. I hope if you are ever in the area you will stop in for a visit. In the meantime you can visit their website...
 
 
Go and smell the roses!
 


Saturday, May 31, 2014

june in bloom...

With the arrival of June comes the abundance of flowers in gardens both north and south. The June issue of Romantic Homes magazine is the much anticipated Rose Issue.
Here is a peek at my article form the June issue of
Romantic Homes magazine... 

 
 I was so happy to share a local landmark...
The Ford and Edison Winter Estates. Of course it is known for the legendary owners Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. But I was so taken by the ladies...Mina and Clara. In many ways they were as responsible for the beauty of the property as their remarkable husbands.


 Both gals grew up in the North surrounded by beautiful gardens. Although the South was a new climate and terrain they found ways to surround themselves with familiar flowers from home.

 
I hope you had a chance to see the article. Even better, if you would like to visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates you can click here for more information...
 
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget...

 
Today is a day to remember those who died in the attacks of September 11th...
Today is a day to pray for those who lost loved ones...
Today is a day to remember those soldiers who bravely fought and still fight for this country...
Today is a day to pray for military families who have lost a precious family member...
Today is a day to be thankful for the freedoms we all hold so dear.
 
 
In the words of Rudolph W. Giuliani on December 31, 2001
 
The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.
 
Today is a day for hope.
But most of all...
Today is a day we should never forget.
 
May God Bless you and May God Bless America.
 
 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Few from the Grounds

I have to admit that I was so excited to visit the Keys just to see all the Hemingway six toed kitties. While there we learned the origin...Hemingway was given a white six toed kitty, named Snowball, from a ship's captain. There are still descendants of Snowball on the grounds today.


As promised, here are a few more images from around the grounds. I found this old image and it is almost hard to believe how little things have changed...


The vegetation has matured...but the property looks just as it did many years ago...


There are influences from all around the world...including this fountain and the tiles surrounding the basin that are tucked in among the bamboo of the gardens.


Behind the buildings are small cat-sized replicas of the main house and guest house.


Look closely and you will see content little faces resting in the windows.




The grounds are lush and green with a sweet blend of petitte kitty homes, old iron garden chairs, bird baths and fountains. Natural perfection....




It was a fantastic day to visit such an historic treasure. Everything was even better than I had imagined...
and this was only the beginning of the adventure.

More pictures are still to come...


Monday, December 12, 2011

A Look into Hemingway's Home...

If ever there was a question as to whether or not I am a lucky girl...the answer is yes! I was so fortunate to be taken on a special surprise trip to the Keys for my birthday last month. Even though I live on an island in the Gulf...sometimes a change of scenery is still needed. What a treat to take a boat ride down to the Keys and spend the weekend with my sweetheart, Scott. It was not only relaxing...but it was also inspirational. This will be the first of several postings on the sights and wonders of the Keys that brought me great joy...and inspiration!

Ernest Hemingway's Home




  Ernest Hemingway
American author and journalist
 07/21/1899 to 07/02/1961









I was so taken by the simple, quiet elegance of the home. Even the understated bathrooms were adorned with small crystal chandeliers. The sunlight rooms were filled with a select few antiques. The gulf breezes filled the air...and Hemingway kitties were speckled throughout the grounds. Looking at the collection of works by Hemingway made it seem like he had just stepped out for a stroll. It was as though he just might peek in to see what all the fuss is about.

After browsing through my pictures it was obvious that the bones of the building intrigued me the most: from the doors to the windows and shutters, from the staircase to the detailed railings and rafters, from the built-in cabinets to the beautiful fireplaces. It is beautiful from front door to back.

Stay tuned for pictures of the grounds and more members of the Hemingway family...