10th Annual Bonsai Bash 2020

Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who generously donated gifts for the Live and Silent Auctions, advertised in our program, and sponsored tables at the Bash!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is privileged to be the recipient of the world-renowned collection of 100 tropical bonsai trees donated by the late James J. Smith. Smith had tremendous influence over how the trees would be displayed. Architect Peter Yoor described the Gallery, as “sino-cracker” or where sushi meets fried mullet! Our mission is practiced daily: to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s event.
We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about the impact that Heathcote has on audiences, young and old! We look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress!

Program advertisers and others who helped make this event possible:

Table Sponsors:

  • Cris Adams
  • Scott & Donna Dennis
  • Karen Cashen
  • Madeleine Warns
  • Wendy & David Gordon
  • Patti & Carlos Diaz

Auction Donors:

  • 12A Buoy
  • 2nd Street Bistro
  • Adam’s Ranch
  • Cris Adams
  • Lisa Jill Allison
  • Bottom’s Up Public House
  • Mimi Brown
  • Chic and Shore Things
  • Judy Coffman
  • Allie Comer
  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery
  • Costa Azul Restaurant
  • Scott & Donna Dennis
  • Patti & Carlos Diaz
  • Chris Donohue
  • Alan Edelstein
  • Susan M. Edwards
  • Janet Fuller
  • Judy “Gibbs” Goolsby
  • Harbour Ridge Golf & Country Club
  • Susan Harris
  • Heathcote Bonsai Bash Committee
  • Carl Hensley
  • Sherry Horton
  • Mayor Linda Hudson
  • Initially Yours
  • Internationally U
  • Jetson TV and Appliance
  • Julie Lounibos
  • Kendra Scott
  • Main Street Fort Pierce
  • Lana McClain
  • Lyric Theatre
  • Merrily Minardi
  • Nino’s Restaurant
  • Oriental Trading
  • Nyla Pipes
  • Anita Prentice
  • Kate Rotindo
  • Seriously Mixed Media
  • Jack Shelton
  • Jenny Shibona
  • Studio Bella
  • Sunrise  City Cafe
  • Taylor Creek Optical
  • Bob & Laurie Wade
  • Madeleine Warns
  • Whirled Ink Gallery Inc.
  • Pete & Lee Whitridge
  • Clay Yates

 

James J Smith Bonsai Collection

The Bonsai Supply Visits Heathcote

Mari and Jerome from The Bonsai Supply, visited the James J. Smith Bonsai Collection at Heathcote recently.

They spent the day with our Bonsai curator Tom Kehoe, learning about Jim Smith and his Bonsai collection.

Enjoy footage of our treasured James J. Smith Collection, the largest public assemblage of tropical Bonsai in the country.

Pay special attention to the segment on repotting Bonsai. Enjoy!

Bonsai Maintenance

Bonsai Care at Heathcote

Defoliation – News From the Bonsai Garden

Under the care of our new Bonsai Curator Tom Kehoe, several Bonsai in the James J. Smith Bonsai Collection have been defoliated, had root masses reduced and have been repotted with fresh soil.

These trees are not dead…

Many Bonsai masters in Japan will actually defoliate their trees for major exhibitions for better appreciation of the fine branching (ramification) of the structure. Defoliation is commonly used for three purposes: reducing leaf size, increasing ramification and redirecting energy.

In five to six weeks these trees will rebound, putting out new, smaller leaves. Below the soil, many new fine roots will have grown, supplying food to the Bonsai.

This is part of the routine care of the trees and should be done to every tree in the collection about once every six to seven years depending on the rate of growth.

Enjoy Mr. Smith’s Garden…

Red in the Gardens

The Gardens are looking lovely and there is a wonderful assortment of “red” (or close to it) throughout the grounds right now.

From the red Amaryllus in the parking lot, to the blooming Bougainvilla in the Bonsai Garden, there are many beautiful plants and flowers to find everywhere.

Fun Facts:

Guzmanija lingulata: The genus was discovered in 1802 and named after the Spanish botanist A. Gusman.
Amaryllus: Cultivation of amaryllis started in the 18th century. There are more than 600 varieties of amaryllis today. South Africa and Holland are among the greatest manufacturers of amaryllis in the world.

Philodendron: Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering.

Eucrosia bicolor: Native to Ecuador and Peru. This species grows very well in tropical climates. It was the first species of Eucrosia to be scientifically described, in 1816, and the first to be introduced into cultivation in Europe, flowering outside its homeland for the first time in 1817.

Crown of Thorns: Currently, all varieties are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meaning that international trade in wild grown plants should be carefully monitored.

Billbergia pyramidalis: Commonly known as the Flaming torch, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, the Lesser Antilles and Cuba. When planted at the base of a tree, they slowly will climb the trunk.

Bougainvilla: The beautiful bougainvilla is listed as one of the top 10 flowering bonsai trees to grow. Discovered in Brazil during French Adm. Louis de Bougainvillea’s 1768 voyage, these plants were named in his honor.

Neoregelia Aztec: This tropical epiphyte thrives with humidity, often going two weeks without supplemental water.

Desert Rose: It has no thorns and it is totally unrelated to the rose family – it doesn’t really even look like one.

Bonsai Bash 2018 Sponsors

Bonsai Bash Donors and Sponsors 2018

Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who generously donated gifts for the Live and Silent Auctions, advertised in our program, and sponsored tables at the Bash!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is privileged to be the recipient of the world-renowned collection of 100 tropical bonsai trees donated by the late James J. Smith. Smith had tremendous influence over how the trees would be displayed. Architect Peter Yoor described the Gallery, as “sino-cracker” or where sushi meets fried mullet!

Our mission is practiced daily: to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s event. We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about the impact that Heathcote has on audiences, young and old! We look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress!

Live Auction Donors:

Event Sponsors:

  • Drs. Madeleine & Doug Warns
  • American Bonsai Society
  • Theresa Wyres
  • Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Anonymous

Table Sponsors:

  • Cris Adams
  • Charles Family
  • Patti Diaz / Lana McClain
  • Wendy & Dave Gordon
  • Wendy Dwyer & Dan Hafner
  • Libuha Family
  • Madeleine Warns

Silent Auction Donors:

2nd Street Bistro, Cris Adams, Tina Adams, Lisa Jill Allison, Backus Museum, Nan Billings, Mimi Brown, Miriam & Peter Charles, Coastal Comforts, Coffman Collection, Sam & Allie Comer, Jim & R. L. Davenport, Chris Donohue, Wendy Dwyer, Susan Edwards, G. Alan Jewelers, Gafford Restaurant, Gardner Lock Shop, Gator Trace, Gerd Hambsch, Harbour Ridge, Heathcote Board of Trustees, Carl & Kathryn Hensley, Sherry Horton, Linda Hudson, Islamorada Beer Co., Suzanne Jensen, Jetson, Kemp Shoe,  SalonKilwins, Diane Kimes, Mitch Kloorfain, Debbie Lanier, Larry Lee, Jr., Laser Slim Body Spa, Lindsay Hager Designs, Ann Marie Loveridge, Lyric Theatre, Madison Estate Gallery, Lana McClain ,Maureen Melvin, Nails by Sabrina, Nutrition World, Greg Oarvec, Peter’s Steakhouse, ,Quail Creek, Jane Rowley, Save the Chimps, Seoul Gardens, Jack Shelton, Sunrise Theatre, Talk of the Town, Varsity Sports Shop, Bob & Laurie Wade, Madeleine Warns, Wellness Wise, Inc., John Wilson, Theresa Wyres, Clay Yates, Your Body Bliss

Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Bash Fundraiser

Saturday, February 24, 2018 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Bonsai Bash Fundraiser Event

Join us at Heathcote’s BONSAI BASH fundraiser where East meets West!

Cocktails, Silent Auction, Tastings-by-the-bite, music by the the Ft. Pierce Jazz & Blues Society’s Sunrise Party Band and more in the Bonsai Gallery and on the Main Lawn. Proceeds from the event sustain the treasured James Smith Bonsai Collection and the educational programs of Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

R.S.V.P. by February 15, 2018
Reserved table of eight $700.
Reserved seating $100 per person.
$50 per person general admission.

Tickets are available in the gift shop or online HERE

Call 772-464-4672 for more information.

Online ticket sales

VOLUNTEER Information
Register online to volunteer for the Bonsai Bash HERE
Download a printable registration form and view job descriptions HERE

Win “The Sunny Side” mosaic by Anita Prentice

Anita Prentice Mosaic

Anita Prentice Mosaic “The Sunny Side”

Framed mosaic donated by artist extraordinaire
ANITA PRENTICE To benefit Heathcote Botanical Gardens

DRAWING MARCH 16, 2018

TICKET DONATION: $10 ea. or three for $25

Tickets are available in the Gift Shop and Heathcote’s office as well as at the Bonsai Bash on February 24th.