Ground Cover

Alternatives to Turf

Turning Problem Spaces into Featured Places

Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:00 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; Regular admission price for non-members.
Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.
Call to register: 772-464-4672

After Hurricane Irma

Helping Hands Needed For Irma Cleanup

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!

Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai need to be regularly repotted, especially younger bonsai (under 10 yrs. old) due to various factors: their pots become root bound; soil runs out of nutrients and imbalances of salt and Ph levels occur etc. Repotting will help to correct this and enable the bonsai to reach its full potential with fresh growing medium and pruning overgrown or excessive roots.

Apart from watering, repotting is probably one of the most important and misunderstood processes. It is also a good time to thin your plant’s foliage mass to help reduce the stress on the bonsai.

Heathcote’s bonsai curator Seth Nelson will show you when you should repot, how to repot, what you need to repot your bonsai, and much more.

Feel free to bring your own tree and a pot that you’d like to work with and learn step-by-step as you go.

Saturday, September 23rd: 10 AM – 11:30 AM

$10 for members, $20 for non-members
Call to register: 772-464-4672

Images from adamaskwhy.com

Garden Festival Vendors

30th Annual Garden Festival

Garden Festival 2017

 

Summer Greetings from Heathcote Botanical Gardens! Plans are underway for the 30th Annual Fall Garden Fest (yes, thirty years!) to be held the weekend before Thanksgiving on November 18th & 19th!

Join us for our very popular annual garden festival and plant sale where you’ll find an exceptional selection of plants, flowers, herbs, garden tools, supplies and much more.

FREE admission  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kid’s Activities and lots of food. Come and join in the fun!
  • Vendors interested in participating can get more information HERE
  • Interested in volunteering? We always need new Co-Horts! Find out more HERE
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.

Wild About Berries

Wild About Berries

2nd Saturdays – Fresh For Kids

Our new Fresh For Kids program is designed to engage multiple generations in Heathcote Botanical Garden’s mission of education and the conservation of green space. These classes are the perfect opportunity for kids to have a creative experience in the garden and are held the second Saturday of every month.

Join us this Saturday for some arts and crafts with berries!

Bring your friends & share this event!

Free for members.
Free with admission for non-members.

Please note: One adult is required for every three children in the class.

For more information call: 772-464-4672

Caladium Workshop

Caladium Workshop – July 8th

The Hotter the Better!

Learn how to apply tropical colors to your summer garden!

White Queen Caladium

White Queen Caladium

Caladium Workshop, Sat. July 8 , 9:30 am – 11:00 am
$10 for Heathcote members
$15 for non-members
Presented by Merry Savoy

Caladiums, grown for their colorful foliage, are tropical plants that originated in the Amazon basin of South America. Caladiums are grown from tubers, commonly referred to as bulbs and are widely used in landscapes and home gardens in the south where the hot growing conditions are very favorable.
You will see numerous varieties of Caladium when you visit Heathcote such as: White Queen, Florida Moonlight, White Christmas, Fannie Munson, Miss Muffet and Cranberry Star to name a few.
Come join us and learn the history and horticulture of these spectacular heat-loving tuberous plants. Participants will plant and take home a container and additional bulbs will be for sale.

 


Register




Reservations: 772-464-4672

Heathcote Botanical Gardens
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce

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