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:

Restroom Facelift

I Spy…Volunteers in July

There’s been a frenzy of activity at Heathcote. Volunteers, visitors, workshops and more.

July saw a caladium workshop, volunteers giving the restrooms a new paint-job, fence repair, preparation for Heathcote’s Showdown on the Green Charity Golf Tournament and campers learning about the watershed to name a few.

Our Co-Hort volunteers and a generous community of supporters continue to help steward the mission of Heathcote Botanical Gardens to preserve this beloved community asset for today and future generations.

In 2016, Co-Horts racked up more than 12,700 hours dedicated to fulfilling HBG‘s mission! We always have room for more, to learn how you can help, check out our volunteer page, membership page, or make a donation.

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.

In Memory of James J. Smith

On June 30th, we were informed that James J. Smith, Bonsai Master, had passed away.
In 2009 Jim gave Heathcote Botanical Gardens a generous gift of one hundred tropical bonsai, making Heathcote Botanical Gardens the site of the largest public collection of tropical bonsai in the United States.
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 He will be missed by Heathcote as well as the Bonsai community.

Heathcote extends condolences to the family and friends of the world-renowned Bonsai Master Jim Smith.

Arrangements are in the process and will be announced when they are finalized.

Heathcote’s Cool Tool People

Using old garden tools, a little paint, and a HUGE imagination Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller create the Cool Tool People of Heathcote. While walking around our garden you will see a wide variety of these handmade tools. The Cool Tool People are truly a unique, one of a kind addition to Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

 

 

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Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller working on the Cool Tool People.

Volunteer Appreciation

Heathcote’s Volunteer Appreciation and Annual Meeting was held March 8, 2015.  Awards were given to volunteers whose hours exceeded 50 with special recognition going to various individuals whose contributions of time were above and beyond.

We appreciate the gift of your time, whether it be a few hours or a few hundred hours a year.

Helping Hands Volunteers

Lillian Aguiar

Chris Donohue

 

Bonsai Gallery Designer Wins Landscape Award

Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association

2014 Landscape Awards

The FNGLA Landscape Awards Program was established in 1970 to recognize landscape excellence in Florida and after 44 years, this prestigious event is still going strong! FNGLA’s Landscape Division is pleased to honor the top projects submitted for their excellence in landscape.

On September 24, 2014 at the Landscape Show, Sam Comer was awarded the “Award of Excellence” as the Landscape Contractor and Landscape designer of the “James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery at Heathcote Botanical Gardens.”