Concrete Leaf Workshop

Concrete leaves are a cast of a leaf which can be used for planters, fountains, birdbaths and art, etc. Join Cheryl Friend Saturday, February 27, 2016 9:30-11:30 as she instructs how to make a concrete leaf to take home and enjoy. Concrete materials and leaves will be supplied.

Students need to:
• Provide a ridged, strong base for the leaf (quarter sheet of plywood), so that you can take your leaf home. Be sure you have room in your car to lay your base flat.
• Wear old clothes. Bring hand tools (spatula, putty knife, etc.), rubber gloves, eye protection, large plastic bag to enclose the base and take home, and plastic grocery bags to cover the leaf.

$25 Members
$30 Non-members

Space is limited.  Pre-Registration is Required.  Call 772-464-4672

Eco-Detectives at Work

Three 5th grade classes from Liberty Baptist Academy visited Heathcote on January 21 for a special field trip titled Eco-Detectives: Habitats.  Educator Nan Nan Billings taught them what habitats are and what kinds are found on the Treasure Coast.  The students worked in groups to make a visual presentation to teach what they learned to others. They also enjoyed a tour of the Gardens.

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Would you like to bring a group to Heathcote for one of Miss Nan’s unique learning adventures? She can also present her topics onsite at your facility. To find out more, contact Miss Nan at or 772-812-1682.


Florida Native Wildflower Bee Habitat

Did you know 30 percent of our food depends on pollination from bees? Without bees, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy such things as blueberries, melons and almonds. The Florida Native Wildflower Bee Habitat at Heathcote demonstrates plants you can use in your own landscape to provide food and habitat to both honey bees and native bees. The garden is sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Foundation and American Bee Project.

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Fun Fact: Florida has more than 200 species of native bees, which don’t sting because they’re not territorial like honey bees.

Garden of Lights Volunteers

The Board and management of Heathcote Botanical Garden wish to thank everyone who volunteered to make the inaugural season of Garden of Lights such a huge success. From the designers and creators of those light flowers to the dozens of individuals who “manned” the event.

Now, however, is the time to begin to plan and build for the 2016 Garden of Lights, because it is during the winter months that we have many more individuals available to help out, and in the summer it is simply too hot to work outside. Thus this call for volunteers to help construct the light flowers in order to expand the display to include more of the garden for a better visitor experience.

We shall incorporate a new Vegetable Garden and additional light “critters”, thus there will be ample opportunity for imaginative and creative minds to assist.  Work sessions are usually held from 10 to 12 on weekdays, but if enough people show interest an evening session can be scheduled. Construction of light flowers is not demanding and the sessions usually take on a social air as well.

To volunteer to be part of the most innovative holiday illumination in Florida please respond at 772-464-4672 or via e-mail to

Holiday Sights & Sounds at Garden of Lights

Many thanks to the St. Andrews Choir for adding joyful carols to our Garden of Lights event on December 12. Their lovely music was the perfect complement to our bright lights. A highlight was their rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” as Santa himself made a surprise visit.

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Garden of Lights continues through Jan 2, 2016 every Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30PM – 9:30PM with the exception of Christmas weekend when we’ll be open Saturday and Sunday evenings.

First Place Award

Seth Nelson, our Bonsai Curator, has now won TWO awards with bonsai from our James Smith Bonsai Gallery collection. The Ficus microcarpa ‘Kinmen’ received the Best Broadleaf Award at the 2015 Winter Bonsai Expo. Earlier this year, our Ficus salicaria, or Willow Leaf Ficus, took Best Tree in Show at the Annual Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention. Thank you, Seth, for your wonderful work in caring for these precious bonsai!

Great opening weekend!

Sam Wolfe from TC Palm captured the event with Santa, “Heathcote the Bear”,  s’mores and the numerous displays.  You can view his collection at the following link:

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Garden of Lights continues through Jan 2, 2016 every Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30PM – 9:30PM with the exception of Christmas weekend when we’ll be open Saturday and Sunday evenings.


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