Garden of Lights Elves at Work

The calendar may say Spring, but at Heathcote the elves are busily preparing for the holidays.  Every Wednesday at 9:30 this crafty band gathers to construct glowing displays.  Besides the flowers and butterflies that you loved in last year’s Garden of Lights, they are experimenting with vegetables and critters too.  Want to join the fun?  Stop by any Wednesday morning or contact Tom and Judy Salmon at for further information.

GOL corn workday

Garden of Lights Volunteers

The Board and management of Heathcote Botanical Garden wish to thank everyone who volunteered to make the inaugural season of Garden of Lights such a huge success. From the designers and creators of those light flowers to the dozens of individuals who “manned” the event.

Now, however, is the time to begin to plan and build for the 2016 Garden of Lights, because it is during the winter months that we have many more individuals available to help out, and in the summer it is simply too hot to work outside. Thus this call for volunteers to help construct the light flowers in order to expand the display to include more of the garden for a better visitor experience.

We shall incorporate a new Vegetable Garden and additional light “critters”, thus there will be ample opportunity for imaginative and creative minds to assist.  Work sessions are usually held from 10 to 12 on weekdays, but if enough people show interest an evening session can be scheduled. Construction of light flowers is not demanding and the sessions usually take on a social air as well.

To volunteer to be part of the most innovative holiday illumination in Florida please respond at 772-464-4672 or via e-mail to

Holiday Sights & Sounds at Garden of Lights

Many thanks to the St. Andrews Choir for adding joyful carols to our Garden of Lights event on December 12. Their lovely music was the perfect complement to our bright lights. A highlight was their rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” as Santa himself made a surprise visit.

GL Santa entrance 2

GL Mom and 2 girls

Garden of Lights continues through Jan 2, 2016 every Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30PM – 9:30PM with the exception of Christmas weekend when we’ll be open Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Great opening weekend!

Sam Wolfe from TC Palm captured the event with Santa, “Heathcote the Bear”,  s’mores and the numerous displays.  You can view his collection at the following link:

GL Cooking S'mores

Garden of Lights continues through Jan 2, 2016 every Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30PM – 9:30PM with the exception of Christmas weekend when we’ll be open Saturday and Sunday evenings.


Postcards from Home

Erick Gill, Public Information Manager for St. Lucie County, has produced two “Postcards from Home” video segments about Heathcote. The first features an interview with Miriam Charles, our Director and Head Gardener, with general information about the Gardens. The second is an interview with Tom Salmon, Project Director for our Garden of Lights, with the story behind this sparkling event.

You can find them both on YouTube at the following link:

Just click and enjoy!


Garden of Lights opens this Friday with a special guest!

Bud and Dot Adams present the Treasure Coast Garden of Lights opens Friday November 27th at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce, Florida.  The gates open at 5:30 PM and Special Guest, Santa Claus will arrive at 6 PM.  Garden of Lights, one of the most innovative Holiday Illuminations with its flowers of lights, will begin its inaugural season with Special Guest Santa Claus visiting with all the children in attendance. 

Santa and the Bear (Mobile)

Another sure to delight attraction will be “Heathcote the Bear” where visitors can take their “selfies” to share with friends and family.


Second Photo Shoot

Thanks to all the photographers who participated in our second photo shoot, which again resulted in some extraordinary images.  Beginning Friday evening November 27 from 5:30-9:30 PM, you can see these innovative displays and more at our upcoming “Garden of Lights” event!

GL PS2 RS_potters bench (Mobile)

GL PS2 SC_Bonsai blue pool (Mobile)

GL PS2 BC_Bird and Cat Tails (Mobile)

GL PS GS_0067 (Mobile)

GL PS2 BC_Pond4 (Mobile)

GL PS GS_0070 (Mobile)

GL PS2 RS_pond 1 (Mobile)

Photographs courtesy of Barb Catalano, Skip Coffman, Robert Sheets and Ginger Shoun.


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