Fall Garden Festival

Heathcote Botanical Garden cordially invites you,

to join us in celebrating our 36th Fall Garden Festival,
Saturday, October 15th, and Sunday, October 16th, 2022 from 9 am to 4 pm!

Vendors selling plants, garden art, furniture, book, and garden accessories are invited to attend
as well as plant societies and non-profits representing arts, conservation, and environmental groups.
There is no restriction on how many vendors selling similar items may participate.

Fall Garden Festival 2022

Registration Fees for a 12’ x 12’ space

Registration is open.

Information coming soon about our Spring Plant Sale with vendor opportunities!


Please fill out, sign, and return forms to: 210 Savannah Rd
Ft. Pierce FL, 34982

Vendor Forms

or email to: info@heathcotebg.org



Pay Online and fill out the form here:

Reserve Your Spot!



Want to Volunteer?

Sign up here!

We look forward to having you at the 36th Fall Garden Festival. The vendors make the Garden Festival and we will continue to offer free admission to all festival attendees based on your comments.

*Note*: All vendors are responsible for paying 7% sales tax to the State of Florida, and for FL DOACS registration.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call Heathcote Botanical Gardens at 772-464-4672
or email info@HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org.

Heathcote CoHort Volunteers

Join Heathcote’s Volunteers

Your Talents, Enthusiasm, and Time are needed!

Join Heathcote’s CoHort volunteers who donate more than 12,700 hours of their time every year, making important and valued contributions to our programs, events, and development.

We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for various age groups and interests. As a Garden CoHort, you’ll enjoy spending time with our other dedicated volunteers as well as our talented staff.

To Get Started Volunteering at Heathcote:

Download our Volunteer Application and return it to Heathcote by mail or in person. For more information or to arrange a meeting to discuss your interest in volunteering at Heathcote, contact us at info@heathcotebg.org.

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Red in the Gardens

The Gardens are looking lovely and there is a wonderful assortment of “red” (or close to it) throughout the grounds right now.

From the red Amaryllus in the parking lot, to the blooming Bougainvilla in the Bonsai Garden, there are many beautiful plants and flowers to find everywhere.

Fun Facts:

Guzmanija lingulata: The genus was discovered in 1802 and named after the Spanish botanist A. Gusman.
Amaryllus: Cultivation of amaryllis started in the 18th century. There are more than 600 varieties of amaryllis today. South Africa and Holland are among the greatest manufacturers of amaryllis in the world.

Philodendron: Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering.

Eucrosia bicolor: Native to Ecuador and Peru. This species grows very well in tropical climates. It was the first species of Eucrosia to be scientifically described, in 1816, and the first to be introduced into cultivation in Europe, flowering outside its homeland for the first time in 1817.

Crown of Thorns: Currently, all varieties are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meaning that international trade in wild grown plants should be carefully monitored.

Billbergia pyramidalis: Commonly known as the Flaming torch, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, the Lesser Antilles and Cuba. When planted at the base of a tree, they slowly will climb the trunk.

Bougainvilla: The beautiful bougainvilla is listed as one of the top 10 flowering bonsai trees to grow. Discovered in Brazil during French Adm. Louis de Bougainvillea’s 1768 voyage, these plants were named in his honor.

Neoregelia Aztec: This tropical epiphyte thrives with humidity, often going two weeks without supplemental water.

Desert Rose: It has no thorns and it is totally unrelated to the rose family – it doesn’t really even look like one.

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.

Founding women members: Jan Bals, Laura Baker, Gloria Moore, Norma Carsens, Peggy Berg

Heathcote’s Founding Women

The Founding Women Members

Jan Bals, Laura Baker, Gloria Moore, Norma Carsens, Peggy Berg

For Women’s History Month we are highlighting the important women who were the founding members of what we now know as Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

Originally a plant nursery on Heathcote Street in Scarsdale, New York, the business was transplanted to Florida and in 1960 moved from the original Florida location on West Orange Avenue to its current Fort Pierce site on Savannah Road by its owners Jim and Mollie Crimmins.

When the Crimmins retired, they put the property up for sale. A group of very determined ladies in a local garden club led by Gloria Moore, Chris Haynes, Jan Bals, Norma Carsens, Laura Baker, Gloria Rooks and Peggy Berg saw the unique beauty of the spot and worked hard to preserve it as a public botanical garden.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit; and in 1986 the property was purchased with private donations raised by Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc., and grants from the state, county, and city.

Without these great women Heathcote Botanical Gardens would not be what it is today. The non-profit continues to maintain and operate the Gardens and carry forward its mission.

First Place Award

Seth Nelson, our Bonsai Curator, has now won TWO awards with bonsai from our James Smith Bonsai Gallery collection. The Ficus microcarpa ‘Kinmen’ received the Best Broadleaf Award at the 2015 Winter Bonsai Expo. Earlier this year, our Ficus salicaria, or Willow Leaf Ficus, took Best Tree in Show at the Annual Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention. Thank you, Seth, for your wonderful work in caring for these precious bonsai!