Camp Day 4 Explores World of Insects

Campers began Day 4 in the Pioneer House where they had an interactive lesson on insects. They learned about the difference between a person’s endoskeleton and an insect’s exoskeleton. Children used little fingers to eat marshmallows in the way that ladybugs gather aphids with their mandibles. They explored the Butterfly Garden looking for butterfly eggs with magnifying lenses.

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Food activities followed the theme with a veggie endoskeleton and celery and pretzel butterflies.

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Camp Day 3 Features Pioneer Life

Campers gathered at the Pioneer House to learn about the life of Florida settlers in the 1880s. Our small pioneers made butter, kneaded dough, washed clothes in tubs, and hung them on a line with wooden clothes pins.

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They tried a pioneer game of watermelon spitting. Since our modern watermelon was seedless, the kids spit watermelon pieces instead. Then they carved watermelon bowls to serve fruit snacks. Many thanks to Nelson Family Farms for the donation of the tasty fruit and veggies used for our camp.

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Summer Camp Day 2 in the Rainforest and Beyond

Day 2 of our kids’ camp began in the Rainforest with making nature-themed sun-catchers and wall hangings. Next the children embarked on a scavenger hunt for living and nonliving things throughout the Rainforest and all the Gardens. In the Bonsai Pavilion they began a project painting coconuts. They trekked back to the Rainforest to create a train made out of vegetables and a homemade hummus dip. These kids LOVE veggies and hummus!

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Summer Camp Opens

Day 1 of our “All Around the World” Summer Camp began in the Bonsai Gallery. Guest speaker Belinda Kehoe took the kids on a tour of the gallery, and along the way she explained how bonsai are grown. Which trees “fight back”? How do you grow bonsai on a rock? Which one had edible fruit?

Continuing the Asian theme, camp teacher Nan Billings led the children in slicing, dicing, and stir-frying their way to an awesome pineapple teriyaki stir-fry.

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 Created with Nokia Smart Cam

Around the World Summer Camp Adventure

Kids age 7 to 12, join us at Heathcote for an exciting All Around the World Summer Camp Adventure. Each day campers will gather in a different part of the garden to learn about plants, explore on scavenger hunts, make crafts, and cook international foods.

DATES: June 8 – 12
TIME: 9 AM to 12 noon
COST: $75

Space is limited, and the roster will fill as registration is paid.

For information, contact Nan Billings at 772-812-1682 or, or Heathcote at 772-464-4672.

Hypertufa Pots Class

Everyone enjoyed themselves learning to make Hypertufa Pots with Dr. Kendra Brown on May 1st, 2015. 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.

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Painted Bamboo Workshop

Creativity was displayed on April 18th, 2015 when the Painted Bamboo Workshop with Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street was held at the garden.  Participants painted a piece of bamboo with bright colors and bold patterns to take home for their own garden. 

 PBC Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street (Mobile)
 PBC Participants (Mobile)


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