Wild About Cooking Summer Camp

Kids age 7 – 12, join our Wild About Cooking Summer Camp.  We’ll be slicing and dicing, planting and crafting, and playing and eating, from 9 AM until noon June 20 – 24.  Create your own recipe book!  Explore our beautiful Gardens!

The cost is $110 (20% sibling discount).  Class size is limited.  Your paid registration insures your spot.

For more information email Nan Billings at nannette1b@aol.com or call her at 772-812-1682.

Caladium Workshop

Learn about the history and horticulture of these spectacular heat-loving tuberous plants. Participants will plant and take home a container. Additional bulbs will be for sale.

Sat. June 11th 10am—11:30am

$10 for Heathcote members / $15 for non-members 

Presented by Merry Savoy of Fancy Leaf Caladiums.


Painted Bamboo Workshop

Our January class on the art of painting bamboo for garden accents was so popular that our artists are offering it again.  Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street will teach you how to create unique art pieces with bold patterns and bright colors painted on bamboo.

The class will be on April 9, 2016 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Heathcote.  Wear old clothes, and pack a lunch if you like.

The cost is $35 for Heathcote members and $45 for non-members.  Supplies are included.

Seating is limited, so register now!  Call 772-464-4672 to reserve your spot.

Concrete Leaf Stepping Stone Workshop

Concrete stepping stones, which are made from casts of the backs of leaves are useful and ornamental in the garden.  On Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM Instructor Cheryl Friend will talk about and show some finished stepping stones and then you will each make one or more stepping stones.  Concrete material and leaves will be supplied.

Students will need to:

  • Provide a ridged, strong form or mold.  The best molds are the large saucers that are sold for use under plant containers.  Be sure that it is strong and ridged.  The clear flexible saucers are not strong enough for use as molds.  It is useful, but not essential to have a piece of plywood to support your form and ease transport.  Be sure there is room in your card for your stepping stone to lie flat.
  • Wear old clothes.  The dye in the concrete will stain clothes.
  • Bring hand tools, such as a spatula and putty knife, rubber gloves, eye protection, a large plastic bag to enclose the stepping stone for the trip home and plastic grocery bags to cut and cover the stepping stone.
  • If you have personal leaves that you want to use, please bring them.  Stepping stones can be decorated with shells, beads, glitter, etc.

$25 Members
$30 Non-members

Space is limited.  Pre-Registration is Required.  Call 772-464-4672

Plant Detectives On the Job

Savannah Ridge Elementary School students recently visited Heathcote for our Plant Detective field trip and tour. They learned about plant structure and needs. They sleuthed hands-on by dissecting seeds and planting pole beans in cups to take home to grow. A helicopter seed craft and picnic on the lawn rounded out their Garden experience.

Would you like to bring a group to Heathcote for one of Miss Nan’s unique learning adventures? She can also present her topics onsite at your facility. To find out more, contact Miss Nan at nannette1b@aol.com or 772-812-1682.

Hypertufa Classes


Hypertufa planters are light-weight rustic pots made from Portland cement and other materials such as peat moss and vermiculite or perlite. Porous Hypertufa pots are great for planting. They look like limestone, but are surprisingly light compared to pottery. With Hypertufa, you can make your own pots for your garden.

Basic Hypertufa Workshop 10:00 to 11:30

• Basic instructions for Hypertufa
• Recipe for making your own
• DVD to take home – Getting Started with Hypertufa
• A pot you made during the workshop

Advanced Hypertufa Workshop 1:30 to 3:00  Participation limited to those who completed the Basic workshop.

• Advanced strategies and tips
• Collaborative Problem Solving and creative ideas
• Materials to make a large pot

Each Workshop $40.00 for Heathcote Members        $45.00 for Non-Heathcote Members

To reserve a seat, please call the Heathcote Office at 772-464-4672

Hypertufa is FUN – but the materials are messy.

• Rubber gloves
• Protective Glasses (to protect your eyes from concrete dust during the mixing process. You can just bring sunglasses if you like.)
• Wear gardening clothing

Dr. Brown has an extensive background in teaching, including special education, art, psychology, and meditation. She is passionate about combining two of her loves – art and gardening – and expects this workshop to be educational, productive, and fun! At the end of the workshop, you will have the basics to create your own garden pottery.

Dr. Brown has “prescriptions” for embracing transitions with enthusiasm and empowerment. Her workshops, seminars and book, Eavesdropping: As Real Women Talk About the Gifts and Challenges of Aging, are focused on helping others find joy, peace and empowerment throughout life’s transitions.

 hypertufa dr brown


Concrete Leaf Workshop

Concrete leaves are a cast of a leaf which can be used for planters, fountains, birdbaths and art, etc. Join Cheryl Friend Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:30-11:30 as she instructs how to make a concrete leaf to take home and enjoy. Concrete materials and leaves will be supplied.

Students need to:
• Provide a ridged, strong base for the leaf (quarter sheet of plywood), so that you can take your leaf home. Be sure you have room in your car to lay your base flat.
• Wear old clothes. Bring hand tools (spatula, putty knife, etc.), rubber gloves, eye protection, large plastic bag to enclose the base and take home, and plastic grocery bags to cover the leaf.

$25 Members
$30 Non-members

Space is limited.  Pre-Registration is Required.  Call 772-464-4672

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