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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Garden of Lights 2018

Garden of Lights Sponsors 2020

The Garden of Lights which runs from November 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021, 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday nights, is Heathcote’s major fundraising event of the year and brings joy to all who attend. Our event sponsors help fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and further the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Tickets are available online or at the gate any night of the event.

Heathcote’s Garden of Lights would like to give special thanks to this year’s sponsors who helped make this event possible:


Visit St. Lucie


The Brown Family


  • Adams Ranch, Inc
  • David Martin
  • Tom & Judy Salmon
  • Nelson Family Farms
  • Stephen Cooper, PE & Associates
  • Drs. Douglas & Madeleine Warns




  • St. Lucie Title Services
  • Sheriff Ken Mascara
  • Vern & Maureen Melvin
  • St. Lucie Draft House
  • David Willbur Insurance LLC
  • WPSL Media Sponsor
  • Maredith Leonard
  • Captec Engineering, Joe & Trish Capra
  • David Hall
  • Hayslip Landscaping


Shining Star

  • Merrily Minardi
  • Donna Beck
  • Rick Creech Engineering
  • Norma Cassens Axx


  • Garden Goddess LLC
  • Staff at Heathcote Botanical Gardens
  • Anonymous
  • Carl L & Kathryn K Hensley
  • Slingerland’s, Inc.
  • Marcia Miller
Heathcote's Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights 2020

Garden of Lights now Open!  Garden of Lights Bonsai Gallery
Friday & Saturdays
Closed 12/25, Open Sunday 12/27


Heathcote Botanical Gardens 6th annual all-volunteer designed and created Garden of Lights holiday light extravaganza is planned for 2020 following CDC guidelines and with a mandatory mask requirement to keep everyone as safe as possible. This family-friendly annual holiday tradition has many fan-favorite displays from years past – the pond and waterfall, French market cart and bicycle, and some new displays this year – the peacock, “cracken” and amazing flowers made from recycled materials. Take photos with Heathcote the Bear.
You don’t want to miss this year’s Garden of Lights!
Tickets are available online here and at the gate. Prices are $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members, and $3.00 for children ages 6-12 years. Under 6 are free.
Please no pets at Garden of Lights.


No Dogs Allowed
Online ticket sales


Ticket Prices: $5.00 members, $10.00 non-members, $3.00 children 6-12 yrs, Free for children under 6yrs.

Garden of Lights not only brings joy to those who attend, but it is also Heathcote’s major fundraiser to underwrite the Gardens’ year-round education programs.
Sponsorships are available from $100 and up.

Volunteer Opportunities.

Garden of Lights Volunteer OpportunitiesDownload GOL Job Descriptions

Sponsorship Opportunities.

Sponsoring an event at Heathcote helps fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Please contact us at 772-464-4672.

Garden Festival Vendors

33rd Annual Fall Garden Festival

Mark your calendars!
Our very popular annual garden festival will be held on

Saturday October 17th, 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday October 18th, 10 am – 3 pm



Vendor Info

Questions, Please call Heathcote Botanical Gardens 772.464.4672 or email  info@heathcotebotancialgardens.org

Tea in the Time of QuaranTEAn

Due to Covid-19 Heathcote was forced to cancel Tea in the Gardens. Because of the level of disappointment expressed we are holding “Tea in the Time of QuaranTEAn” – a virtual event. Drawing for 3 great prizes May 15th. We hope you will participate!

Each Ticket $30— Supports Heathcote including Community Garden & Children’s Programs and gives you one chance at the donated prizes.

Purchase Tickets OnlineTea in the Time of QuaranTEAn

or mail check to Heathcote Botanical Gardens 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

Purchase by phone or for more information, please call 772-464-4672

Tickets must be purchased by 3:30pm Friday, May 15, 2020. The drawing will take place at 4:00pm.

Tickets are virtual tickets and will not be mailed.

Picture your friends at this table having a Tea Party!


Tea Party for Eight” in the Gardens.
Delight in a lovely Tea Party for Eight in charming Heathcote Botanical Gardens.
Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets served on vintage china and linens.
This event will be held at a mutually agreed upon date and time.






“Oceana” the Heathcote Mermaid
created by Heathcote volunteer and artist Lillian Aguiar.
Crafted from wood and measures 50” tall with a glass beaded tail.
A great piece for hanging in your home or garden.






Tea Basket:  Create your own tea experience with the contents of this
basket assembled by Heathcote volunteer and local artist Judy Coffman.
Includes tea pot, four plates, mugs, napkins and a serving plate as well as
an assortment of teas and pan of homemade shortbread.






For a suggested donation of $30 Heathcote Botanical Gardens will provide 1 ticket for this drawing event. The three prizes have been donated. The last ticket will be purchased by 3:30 pm Friday, May 15, 2020 and the winning tickets drawn at 4:00 pm.  Winners will be contacted by telephone and names will be posted on the website.  No purchase necessary. The Garden reserves the right to limit the number of tickets for this drawing event.

New for 2020 Universal Giving Deduction: A new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year.  The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.


10th Annual Bonsai Bash 2020

Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who generously donated gifts for the Live and Silent Auctions, advertised in our program, and sponsored tables at the Bash!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is privileged to be the recipient of the world-renowned collection of 100 tropical bonsai trees donated by the late James J. Smith. Smith had tremendous influence over how the trees would be displayed. Architect Peter Yoor described the Gallery, as “sino-cracker” or where sushi meets fried mullet! Our mission is practiced daily: to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s event.
We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about the impact that Heathcote has on audiences, young and old! We look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress!

Program advertisers and others who helped make this event possible:

Table Sponsors:

  • Cris Adams
  • Scott & Donna Dennis
  • Karen Cashen
  • Madeleine Warns
  • Wendy & David Gordon
  • Patti & Carlos Diaz

Auction Donors:

  • 12A Buoy
  • 2nd Street Bistro
  • Adam’s Ranch
  • Cris Adams
  • Lisa Jill Allison
  • Bottom’s Up Public House
  • Mimi Brown
  • Chic and Shore Things
  • Judy Coffman
  • Allie Comer
  • Cooper’s Hawk Winery
  • Costa Azul Restaurant
  • Scott & Donna Dennis
  • Patti & Carlos Diaz
  • Chris Donohue
  • Alan Edelstein
  • Susan M. Edwards
  • Janet Fuller
  • Judy “Gibbs” Goolsby
  • Harbour Ridge Golf & Country Club
  • Susan Harris
  • Heathcote Bonsai Bash Committee
  • Carl Hensley
  • Sherry Horton
  • Mayor Linda Hudson
  • Initially Yours
  • Internationally U
  • Jetson TV and Appliance
  • Julie Lounibos
  • Kendra Scott
  • Main Street Fort Pierce
  • Lana McClain
  • Lyric Theatre
  • Merrily Minardi
  • Nino’s Restaurant
  • Oriental Trading
  • Nyla Pipes
  • Anita Prentice
  • Kate Rotindo
  • Seriously Mixed Media
  • Jack Shelton
  • Jenny Shibona
  • Studio Bella
  • Sunrise  City Cafe
  • Taylor Creek Optical
  • Bob & Laurie Wade
  • Madeleine Warns
  • Whirled Ink Gallery Inc.
  • Pete & Lee Whitridge
  • Clay Yates