Illuminations Committee 2017

Garden of Lights Illuminations Committee 2017

What a fantastic way to wrap up 2017 at Heathcote!

Rainforest by Larry Shultz

Rainforest by Larry Shultz

Congratulations to the Illuminations Committee who volunteered all year long to create the stunning displays for the 3rd Annual Garden of Lights.

Their hard work and dedication paid off in making this year a record-breaking event with close to 12,000 in attendance!

New additions to the displays and garden vignettes were magical:  Monkey in the Jungle Trail,  the Blue Crab in the Reef Garden, the “Gator in the Pond, ” the gorgeous new décor at Heathcote House and the Pioneer House created by the Garden Club of Fort Pierce and the celestial lighting in the Tropical Rainforest was ­­­­spectacular!

 

  • If you’re interested in joining this outstanding group and helping to create the displays for 2018, check out our volunteers page or call 772-464-4672.

Thank you to all the event volunteers from the “minders” to the admission tables and the parking lot crew for a job well done!

Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes at what the committee was busy doing all year:

Garden of Lights Path

Garden of Lights Sponsors – 2017

The Garden of Lights is Heathcote’s major fundraising event of the year and brings joy to all who attend. It also 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.

Heathcote would like to give special thanks to this year’s sponsors who helped make this event possible:

 Spotlight

Visit Florida Garden of Lights Sponsor 2017 Harbor Community Bank Garden of Lights 2017 Sponsor Mike & Mimi Brown

 Moon-glow

 Illuminator

 Shining Star

If you happen to spot one of the very dedicated members of the Illuminations Committee while you’re at this year’s Garden of Lights, you’ll know who to thank for their long hours of volunteer work and tremendous talent. Without them, the Treasure Coast’s most innovative and unique holiday illumination would not exist!

Garden of Lights Illuminations Committee

Garden of Lights 2017 Illuminations Committee:
Donna Shay, Terry Van Loo, Rene Stanford, Bruce Stanford, Ken Van Loo, Judy Salmon, Tom Salmon, Nancy Smith, Maureen Melvin
(David Martin and Patrick Shay – not pictured)

Illuminations Committee

  • Judy & Tom Salmon – Head Illuminators
  • Donna Shay
  • David Martin
  • Maureen Melvin
  • Pam Naylor
  • Patrick Shay
  • Nancy Smith
  • Rene & Bruce Stanford
  • Ken & Terry Van Loo

Steering Committee

  • Denise Belizar
  • Lisa Basil
  • Laura Cooper
  • David Martin
  • Donna Shay
  • Judy & Tom Salmon
  • Bob Wade

Garden of Lights 2017

The Treasure Coast’s most innovative and unique holiday illumination!

The Garden of Lights 2017 features a walk through Heathcote’s five acres of Gardens illuminated with thousands of lights handcrafted into colorful seasonal and whimsical garden displays. Refreshments, the Gardens favorite – S’mores, music and a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus continue as part of the five-week Celebration!

SEE THE GARDENS IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT!

Advance ticket sales are now available online and at the Garden’s gift shop as well as at the gate on any night of the event.

November 24th through December 30th.
Every Friday and Saturday nights, 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

Avoid the lines and get your tickets ahead of time!
Tickets purchased online will be emailed to you at the time of sale. You can get them HERE.

Special Thanks to Our 2016 Sponsors!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens would like to thank all of our sponsors
for making the Garden of Lights 2016 possible!

We look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come
and can only hope it becomes a tradition in your family as well.

Spotlight Sponsorship

Frances & Robert Bangert

Mike & Mimi Brown – Harbor Community Bank

Lamplight Sponsorship

Walter & Bobbie Deemer

David Martin

Maureen & Vern Melvin

Tom & Judy Salmon

Candleglow Sponsorship

Bud & Dot Adams – Adam’s Ranch

Greg Childress – G. Alan Jewelry & Coins

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority

TCPALM

 Illuminator Sponsorship

Donna Beck

Allie & Sam Comer – Hayslip Landscape

Garden Club of Fort Pierce

St. Lucie West Garden Club

 Shining Stars Sponsorship

Cris Adams

Norma Cassens Axx

Sue & Keith Buckland – Buckland Insurance

Jill & Rick CreechCreech Engineers

R. Craig Cusato, DMD

Christina & Dan Donohue

Thomas J. & Donna Regan 

Dave & Beth Gessner

Diane & Tim Kimes

Marsha Miller

Val Niewieroski

Albert & Gloria Polizzi

St. Lucie Draft House & Sports Bar

Treasure Coast African Violet Society

Drs. Madeleine & Doug Warns

In-Kind Support

Pat Cochran

Bill Mercier

Mann Painting

 

 

Thank You To Our Fine Musicians!

            Many thanks to all the talented performers who are bringing the sounds of the season to our Garden of Lights.
Our sparkling lights seem even more festive when paired with their seasonal music. 

Music begins around 6 PM.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE 

Throughout this event, local musicians offer a wide variety of holiday sounds. 

Pianist Barbara Gomulka, who added her special touch to our Fall Festival, returned for Garden of Lights. 

Another repeat act is the Sunrise Jazz Quintet, a Lincoln Park Academy group who enlivened our recent 30th Anniversary Party. 

St. Andrews Parish Choir was a stellar addition to Garden of Lights in 2015.  This year they return along with their Boys and Girls Choir and the St. Andrews Academy Choir.

            Vero Beach High School sent their Sinfonia, Fiddlers Club, and Chorus during our second weekend, to the delight of all.  Even Santa got into the act.

            We can’t wait for the upcoming performances of the Renaissance Charter School of St. Lucie, the Mariners Barbershop Chorus, and the Marianettes Flute Chorus! 

All bring unique joy.  All are deeply appreciated!

Garden of Lights Tickets for Sale!

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2nd Annual Heathcote Garden of Lights

2016 Tickets are currently available for presale.

Adults $5 & Children (6-12) $3


Garden of Lights will be open

Friday, November 25th and runs Fridays & Saturdays through Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Closed Christmas Eve – Saturday December 24th

Will be open Thursday, December 22nd & Friday, December 23rd

Operating hours are 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


For more information on ordering tickets,

contact our office at 772-464-4672 or email Taylor Jenkins at tjenkins@HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org

 

The Critters are here!

Critters are coming to our Garden of Lights.

Nestled among our spectacular light flowers this year, you will find an assortment of critters who call this their habitat.

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Here, volunteer Valerie Niewieroski fashions a stunning snake out of strings of lights.

Our Garden of Lights crew has been hard at work all year preparing these creative critters.

Check out this sneak peak and get ready to come this holiday season to see the beautiful Garden of Lights

Admission $5 Adults & $3 Children (ages 6-12)

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Maureen and friend

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