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.

 


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Reservations: 772-464-4672

Heathcote Botanical Gardens
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce

Citrus Psyllid Research Garden

Did You Know…

There’s a new research garden at Heathcote!

Ladybug at Heathcote

Ladybug at Heathcote

Insect predators like the lady beetle don’t just eat pest insects; they eat a lot of nectar and pollen, too. The nutrients from pollen and nectar help them when prey insects are scarce, for reproduction, and while moving between habitats.

Joe Patt, an entomologist from the USDA Agricultural Research Service is conducting a study at Heathcote to determine if certain plants, like wild poinsettia, can be used to attract and nourish the natural enemies (like ladybugs) of the Asian citrus psyllid (pronounced ‘sil-id’). The psyllid is a tiny insect that transmits the bacterium (HLB) that causes citrus greening disease. HLB is fatal and killing citrus trees across Florida and Texas.

By itself the psyllid is not too harmful but it can carry a bacterial organism that causes huanglongbing or HLB disease and that can kill citrus trees.UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Entomologist
Beth Grafton-Cardwell
citrus psyllid

citrus psyllid

If you have citrus trees and are curious to see if psyllid are present, Grafton-Cardwell says tree owners can take a magnifying glass outside and look at new growth for small yellow eggs, sesame-seed sized yellow bugs, white curly tubules or aphid-like adults that perch with their hind legs up in the air.

The economic damage HLB has caused in Florida alone is alarming. According to University of Florida research, the disease cost the State more than $4.5 billion in lost citrus production. It led to more than 8,200 lost jobs in the 2006/07 – 2010/11 production seasons.

USDA research garden

USDA research garden at Heathcote

A number of USDA-ARS scientists among the three research units at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida, are conducting research in search of solutions to the huanglongbing problem. Let’s hope this research produces some encouraging results.

Fresh For Kids

Fresh For Kids! – 2nd Saturdays

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.

pineapple

Class #1: Growing Your Own Pineapples!

Robert Pike

Robert Pike

Our first class is lead by Heathcote member, volunteer and retired science teacher Robert H. Pike. You and your kids will be inspired and educated in the cultivation of pineapples at your own home.

Of all the fruits and vegetables Robert has grown, pineapples have been the easiest and most rewarding for him. He’s grown tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and many annuals and perennials. He’s had Mango, Orange, and Key Lime trees on his property, and has grown many herbs; but nothing has been easier than the pineapple. He says they don’t need much water or attention but they do need patience – they take 18 months to two years or more to come to fruit.

Come and learn about the interesting history of South Florida Pineapples and “plant” your own pineapple on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00am.

pineapple top

Pineapple top

The class is $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members.
Pots and soil are included.

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

Grow you own pineapple!

Grow your own pineapple!

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing you need to bring is the top of a pineapple and the desire to have some fun with the family!

Amarylus

I Spy…In the Garden

What Might You See Around the Garden this Month?

Here’s a collection of interesting plants, artists, gardeners, flowers and critters that you may spot when you visit the gardens at Heathcote.

Painted Bamboo Workshop

Painted Bamboo Workshop

Anita Prentice Painting Bamboo

Anita Prentice

Colleen Patrick Painting Bamboo

Colleen Patrick

Paint a piece of bamboo with Bright Colors and Bold Patterns for your garden with Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street.

COST:
$35.00 for Heathcote Members
$45.00 for Non-Members
Supplies included

Wear your painting clothes.
Bring a packed lunch – refreshments will be provided.

***LIMITED SEATING – REGISTER NOW ***

Call 772-464-4672 to reserve your spot.

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