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:

Heathcote Botanical Gardens Gift Shop

Heathcote’s Gift Shop

Shop local for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers…

Last minute holiday shopping? Stop by Heathcote’s gift shop for a wide variety of items: Ornaments, Wakami bracelets for men and women hand-made in Guatemala, soap & lotion, books, baskets from John’s Jungle that are hand-made in Africa, chimes and much more.

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
Gardening 411

Garden Festival Schedule of Events

Join us at Heathcote this weekend for the
30th Annual Garden Festival

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

Visitors will gain insights of conservation efforts and take away ideas that can be put to work in their home gardens.

Get advice, ask questions or stop by to chat. Ask the experts!

  • All sessions will take place in the Pioneer House unless noted. 

SATURDAY events 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:30 am – Creating a Florida Friendly Landscape – Life After Lawn – Kate Rotindo
10:00 am – What’s up with a Watershed? (Children’s Activities) – Robert Pike
11:00 am – Post-Hurricane Landscape Issues – Kate Rotindo
12:30 – Attracting Pollinators and Propagators to your Garden – Ann Marie Loveridge
                 President, Florida Native Plant Society, Lakola’s Mint Chapter
2:00 pm – Creating a Florida Friendly Landscape – Kate Rotindo

SUNDAY events 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

10:00 am – What’s up with a Watershed? (Children’s Activities) – Robert Pike
Noon – Planting a Butterfly Garden with Florida Natives – Ann Marie Loveridge
1:30 pm – Care and Maintenance of Bonsai Trimming demonstration – Seth Nelson
                      Heathcote Botanical Gardens Bonsai Curator

FREE ADMISSION – Call: 772-464-4672 for more information.

Hurricane Irma Debris

Hurricane Irma Debris Statistics

According to Martin County Florida’s website, Hurricane Irma generated the equivalent of a year and a half’s worth of debris, or nearly 150,000 cubic yards.

In Indian River County’s unincorporated areas, it is estimated there was enough created to fill a truck more than 6 miles long.

The St. Lucie County Solid Waste Division expected to collect 50,000 cubic yards of materials when all totaled. The City of Port St. Lucie originally estimated that Hurricane Irma left about 70,000 cubic yards, or 19,000 tons, of vegetative debris. That amount has already been collected, therefore the estimates have been revised. The City now estimates Hurricane Irma left 110,000 cubic yards, or 29,700 tons, of vegetative debris. City residents can track the collection status on this zone map.

Harder-hit Collier County may haul off up to 10 million cubic yards

Crews are working hard to collect this vegetative debris in all residential areas of the unincorporated Counties, including private and gated communities.

Multiple passes of hurricane debris collection will occur in all areas.

Martin County officials expect the project’s collection phase to wrap up by October 31, 2017.

Martin County residents can track the status of debris collection in all geographic zones via Martin County’s “Debris Completion Map”.

Vanda and Cattlea Orchids

Vanda and Cattleya Orchids

Like any other plant, orchids require light, correct temperature ranges, humidity, water and feeding. Orchids are variable in their light requirements depending on genera and variety.

The Vanda was first discovered in 1613 by Alvin Semedo and the name Vanda comes from the Sanskrit word for orchid. Vandas do not need soil to grow, in fact, potting them in soil would cause their roots to rot. The Vanda orchid’s natural habitat is tropical. They require a very high level of humidity and light shade is needed. You will be able to determine just how much light your Vanda orchid requires by identifying the type of leaves your orchid has.

There are 3 types of Vanda orchids, each with a different type of leaf. The first type is the strap-leaf (broad, flat leaves), the second type is terete (round, pencil-like leaves), and the third is semi-terete (hybrid of strap-leaf & terete leaf). Terete leaf Vandas need full sun, semi-terete leaf Vandas need a bit less sun, and strap-leaf Vandas need even a little less light.

Cattleya orchids originate from Central and South America and were named for the English orchid collector William Cattleya. They have been widely hybridized, resulting in a large variety of colors and forms. Cattleyas thrive with humid conditions and in medium light. In hot weather, keep them shaded sufficiently ensuring the leaves are cool to the touch. If a Cattleya orchid is kept in excessively moist conditions, disease and rot can set in which will cause damage to the plant.

There are a number of orchids blooming in our rainforest right now, stop in and check them out.

Ground Cover

Alternatives to Turf

Turning Problem Spaces into Featured Places

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Kate Rotindo

Kate Rotindo

Tired of high maintenance lawns? A beautiful lawn can be an appealing part of your home landscape, but sometimes turf-grass doesn’t perform as well as you would like. A variety of ground covers and plants can be used to replace these areas.

Ground covers are low-growing plants used within a landscape. Selecting which types of plants are appropriate for you depends on a variety of factors (e.g., location within your yard, soil conditions, etc.).

This workshop will cover how to choose plants and ground covers that are appealing to the eyes and take little effort.

Presented by Kate Rotindo, Urban Horticulture Agent for St. Lucie County UF-IFAS.

Free to HBG members and master gardeners; Regular admission price for non-members.
Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
Call to register: 772-464-4672

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