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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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.

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.





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.”