Heathcote's Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights 2019

Last Weekend! Garden of Lights
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12/27, 12/28 and 12/29.
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Treasure Coast’s most innovative and unique holiday illumination.

Garden of Lights Bonsai GalleryGarden of Lights 2019
Experience Heathcote Botanical Gardens in a whole new light at the 5th Annual Heathcote “Garden of Lights,” a holiday experience to delight visitors of all ages. The Illumination festival returns on November 29, bigger and better than ever. Over 11,700 visitors last year enjoyed whimsical, colorful light displays throughout the five-acre gardens. Refreshments, Entertainment, Heathcote the Bear and special appearances with Santa and Mrs. Claus are part of the holiday fun.


Visitors will enjoy enchanted gardens that feature favorite light displays from last year, as well as new additions to dazzle audiences. A sparkling blue River and Waterfall forms the centerpiece of the Garden, along with a kaleidoscope of colorful flower beds, potting benches, vegetables, a vineyard pathway and more to amaze guests at every turn.

Dedicated volunteers work tirelessly year-round to create this tropical wonderland for families to remember long after the holidays end!

Thankful for this years Sponsors!

Tickets are available ONLINE or at the gate the night of the event.

Follow the Garden of Lights on Facebook for news and event details.

 Santa & Mrs. Claus

Most evenings from
6:00 – 8:30pm
through Dec. 28thSanta & Mrs. Claus


November 29:
November 30:
December 6: Melodies & Memories
December 7:
December 13: Barbara Gomulka
December 14: My Favorite Strings
December 15: The Sunrise Jazz Combo
December 20: Barbershop Quartet
December 21: Barbershop Quartet
December 22: The Orchids
December 27:
December 28:  

  • Sponsorship opportunities, as well as ways for you and your company to volunteer are available!
    Download PDF or Call: 772-464-4672
  • Volunteers needed, more information HERE
No Dogs Allowed
Online ticket sales


Ticket Prices: $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members, $3.00, children 6-12 yrs., Free for children under 6yrs.

Garden of Lights not only brings joy to those who attend, it is Heathcote’s major fundraiser to underwrite the Gardens’ year-round education programs.
Evening of Illumination will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sponsorships available from $100 and up.

Volunteer Opportunities.

Garden of Lights Volunteer OpportunitiesDownload GOL Job Descriptions

Sponsorship Opportunities.

Sponsoring an event at Heathcote helps fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Please contact us at 772-464-4672.

31st Annual Garden Festival

31st Annual Garden Festival

Join us at Heathcote for the 31st Annual Garden Festival

Saturday October 20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday October 21st, 10:00 – 4:00 pm 

Mark your calendar! This year’s event has been moved ahead since it conflicted with other festivals and our preparation for the Garden of Lights.

This year’s Garden-Fest includes a variety of plant and flower vendors, garden supplies, garden arts & crafts, children’s activities, refreshments, demonstrations, entertainment and more.

Join us for our very popular annual garden festival and plant sale where you’ll find an exceptional selection of plants: Exotics, natives, tropicals, palms, orchids, herbs, garden art and accessories offered by vendors from across the state—children’s activities, food and more. Get advice, ask questions or stop by to chat.

Vendors you can look forward to seeing at this year’s event are:

Sponsoring an event at Heathcote

Our event sponsors help fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Your information will be listed in the program, on the website, social media and signage at the event.
1/4 pg. ad $50, 1/2 pg. ad $100, full page $200, inside or outside back cover $250

For more information on sponsoring events at Heathcote call: 772-464-4672
Email: dkimes@heathcotebg.org

Celebration of Insects

A Celebration of Insects

A Program for KIDS at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Saturday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Children 6—12 years of age. (parents are encouraged to participate).

Collect, Observe and Discuss…

learn about insectsChildren will accompany leaders and explore the various habitats throughout the Gardens finding insects to bring to the viewing stations for further observation and identification with the aid of microscopes and magnifiers. (All of the insects will be released back into their favored habitats.)

Advanced registration is required: 772.464.4672 or email: info@HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org.

Suggested $5 per youth will be collected on the day of the program. Heathcote Family members enjoy free admission, but registration is essential.

Entomological supplies, water and snacks will be provided.

“A Celebration of Insects” is led by recently retired UF faculty, Phil Lounibos and supported by docents pursuing graduate degrees in entomology at UF/IFAS labs in Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach.

Heathcote's Showdown on the Green golf tournament

Heathcote’s Showdown on the Green 2018

Golf Tournament Benefitting Heathcote Programs

Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. shotgun

Four Member Scramble format
$75/individual, $275/Foursome

Held at Fairwinds Golf Course
4400 Fairwinds Dr, Fort Pierce, Florida 34946

Tickets available online at: www.HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org/golf2018

1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place. Closest to the pin. Longest drive.

Continental breakfast, snacks & awards lunch, card & greens fees

For more information Call:772-464-4672

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor $1,500

  • Two (2) Golf foursomes
  • Special announcement at the event
  • Recognition on Facebook Event
  • Recognition in all event materials, advertising and press
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • Display of advertising banner (provided by sponsor)
  • 4 Tee-Signs

Awards Luncheon Sponsor $750

  • One (1) Golf foursome
  • Special announcement at the event
  • Recognition in all event material
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • Recognition on Facebook Event
  • Your special signage at event (provided by sponsor)
  • 3 Tee-Signs

Golf Package $400

  • One (1) Golf foursome
  • Recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • 2 Tee-Signs

Friend of Heathcote Tee Sign Sponsor $60 or 2 for $100

Please email a high resolution (300 dpi) graphic or image to: info@heathcotebg.org

In the absence of a logo, a generic tee sign will be created with your business name.

  • 1 or 2 Tee-Signs




Heathcote Botanical Gardens Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2018

Adventures at Heathcote

Summer Camp 2018

Heathcote Botanical Gardens summer camp is perfect for parents that are looking for a fun and educational summer experience for their children. Campers ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to experience our Garden’s green space  through art, cooking, history and gardening. Your child will interact with nature through hands-on activities, arts and crafts and more in outdoor settings.

  • June 18 – 22
  • Ages: 6 – 12
  • Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • $115 members – $125 non-members
  •  10% Sibling discount.10% sibling discount: $103.50 ea. for members – $112.50 ea. for non-members 

There are many benefits and perks to membership at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Become a member today!

For more information call: 772-464-4672

Summer Camp 2018


National Public Gardens Day 2018

Join the 10th Annual National Public Gardens Day in 2018!
Friday May 11, 9:00-4:00  & Saturday May 12, 10:00-3:00. The Gardens will showcase inventory of Heathcote’s own propagated plants and flowers. Enjoy COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Gardens to celebrate the important role our treasured green spaces play to enrich our lives.

National Public Gardens Day, an initiative of the American Public Gardens Association, is a day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the important role they play in their communities.

This year at Heathcote, we will have a selection of Heathcote propagated plants for sale and free admission for everyone Friday May 11, 9:00-4:00  & Saturday May 12, 10:00-3:00.

Mother’s Day: Sunday May 13th

Join us in honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of the women who raised us.

Free admission, all day, for mothers of all ages.

Tea in the Gardens

A Wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and Auction

Vintage linens and china, delicious food including a variety of tea sandwiches, shortbread, and of course, something chocolate.

  • Sunday, April 15 at 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted.
  • Volunteers needed.


Tickets Available Online
$40 Individuals – $150 Table of four – $300 Table of four with Champagne
R.S.V.P. by April 1, 2018. Limited Seating

Tea Lore

Each of us, whether broken or whole, is empowered by tea. There is more to this drink than just the leaves…

Tea brings us in closer touch with ourselves. It provides peaceful moments to reflect on our life’s chapters as they unfold, and it allows us to be intimate with friends, co-workers and loved ones.

I see sipping tea…as a bridge that united me to a wide variety of people. When we site down with a cup of tea…we commune spiritually with fellow drinkers all over the world.

What’s wonderful about the tea celebration is that teach of us may bring to it our own tradition and personal preferences.

~Alexandra Stoddaard in “Tea Celebrations”

Bone China

Bone China was invented in England in the mid 18th century, and it keeps the tea hot! These cups were so expensive that women carried their own cup and saucer in a special box.

Some tea drinkers know that clay teapots can alter the taste and flavor of tea. However, very few may pay attention to the effect which the cup you drink out of can also alter the taste.

In a taste test experiment conducted by Akira Hojo, using bone China, porcelain and glass cups, Hojo found that the bone China clearly increased the body, while the porcelain decreased it. On the contrary, the porcelain increased the after taste. The glass tea cup gave the body and after taste results in between porcelain and bone China.

Tea Bags

These handy items were actually invented in 1826, they’re not just a modern convenience.

Milk in Tea

Put it in first! Tradition has it that the English were afraid the hot tea would crack the cup. Also, by putting milk in first, you will never fill the cup too full.