What a fantastic way to wrap up 2017 at Heathcote!
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:
Our treasured Heathcote Gardens made it through Irma but its fairly battered and bruised. There are a lot of trees down and and debris everywhere! There’s a lot of cleanup to be done and many hands lighten the load.
The silver lining is that our historic Heathcote House still stands. Regarding the James J. Smith Tropical Bonsai Collection, bonsai curator Seth Nelson and his friend Juan Andrade had moved many of the trees into the Pavilion and onto the ground away from falling limbs to prepare for the storm. It survived fairly well but will definitely require some tender loving care. The bonsai in the Japanese Garden did not fare as well and ended up with some toppled stanchions and broken pots.
If you can spare any time, treasure or have a special talent to help get our beautiful Gardens reopened, please join us!
Bring your gloves, a hat and you’ll be welcome with open arms!
To offer any help or assistance with the cleanup, please call us at 772-464-4672
Our heartfelt thanks for your continued support!!!
Wednesday’s volunteers were very busy with a big task at hand to say the least!
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.