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 entertainment 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

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.

Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai need to be regularly repotted, especially younger bonsai (under 10 yrs. old) due to various factors: their pots become root bound; soil runs out of nutrients and imbalances of salt and Ph levels occur etc. Repotting will help to correct this and enable the bonsai to reach its full potential with fresh growing medium and pruning overgrown or excessive roots.

Apart from watering, repotting is probably one of the most important and misunderstood processes. It is also a good time to thin your plant’s foliage mass to help reduce the stress on the bonsai.

Heathcote’s bonsai curator Seth Nelson will show you when you should repot, how to repot, what you need to repot your bonsai, and much more.

Feel free to bring your own tree and a pot that you’d like to work with and learn step-by-step as you go.

Saturday, September 30th: 10 AM – 11:30 AM

$10 for members, $20 for non-members
Call to register: 772-464-4672

Images from adamaskwhy.com

Surinam Cherry Bonsai detail

The Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

The Surinam Cherry bonsai is a sub-tropical evergreen with dark green ovate leaves formed in pairs and thin, tan-colored, peeling bark. In the spring it bears small white flowers which are followed by red edible fruit. It is a popular landscape tree in the southern part of the United States and is highly recommended for those wanting an outdoor tropical bonsai as it has a long life and is relatively easy to grow.

Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

Surinam cherries, also known as the Pitanga, are small, red, ribbed berries that look very similar to a cherry. Their taste, however, is very different. Some say they are tart and acidic with a taste much like a green bell pepper, others say it tastes like a mango. The fruit is also rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. The tropical Surinam cherry is related to the guava, clove, allspice and eucalyptus plants. The name is deceptive since it’s actually not related to sweet or sour cherries.

The Surinam cherry is named for the northern country in South America where it is believed to have originated. It naturally grows in neighboring French Guiana and Guyana and can be found as far south as Uruguay and Argentina.

The leaves of the Surinam cherry contain various essential oils such as turpentine in the form of polyterpenes and sequiterpenes; citronella which is known to repel insects.

 

Come and visit the James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery here at Heathcote and see this beautiful bonsai for yourself.

 

Peace Lily

Blooming in White

Here are some of the white flowers currently blooming in Heathcote’s gardens.

The Queen Emma Lily (named for the consort of King Kamehameha IV) is a type of crinum lily, or spider lily.

The White Geiger Texas Olive tree is native to Mexico and Texas and commonly called the Texas Wild Olive. In Southern Florida it is referred to as “White Geiger.”

The Peace Lily is named for its flamboyant white blooms, which resemble flags of peace.

Delphiniums are perennials grown for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white, and purple. Very young delphinium plants and delphinium seeds are poisonous. If ingested, they can cause nausea, twitching muscles, paralysis, and even death.

Water Jasmine is the common name for Wrightia Religiosa, the variety we use for bonsai. One of the reasons this tropical bonsai is popular throughout the world is due to its beautiful flowers which smell “as sweet as jasmine.”

Come visit these beautiful white blooming flowers and much more. We are open Tuesday – Sunday. View our hours, admission prices and pet policy here.