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:

GL Cooking S'mores

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.


Postcards from Home

Erick Gill, Public Information Manager for St. Lucie County, has produced two “Postcards from Home” video segments about Heathcote. The first features an interview with Miriam Charles, our Director and Head Gardener, with general information about the Gardens. The second is an interview with Tom Salmon, Project Director for our Garden of Lights, with the story behind this sparkling event.

You can find them both on YouTube at the following link:

Just click and enjoy!


Garden of Lights opens this Friday with a special guest!

Bud and Dot Adams present the Treasure Coast Garden of Lights opens Friday November 27th at Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce, Florida.  The gates open at 5:30 PM and Special Guest, Santa Claus will arrive at 6 PM.  Garden of Lights, one of the most innovative Holiday Illuminations with its flowers of lights, will begin its inaugural season with Special Guest Santa Claus visiting with all the children in attendance. 

Santa and the Bear (Mobile)

Another sure to delight attraction will be “Heathcote the Bear” where visitors can take their “selfies” to share with friends and family.


28th Annual Fall Festival

Join us at Heathcote for our 28th annual Fall Festival. This year our admission fee will be waived.  “Everything Gardening” features exceptional plants, crafts, kids’ activities, and lots of food.

Saturday, 11/21, from 9 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, 11/22, from 10 AM to 4 PM

A special note to Heathcote members: join us between 9 AM and 1 PM on Saturday for a reception and plant giveaway!

Second Photo Shoot

Thanks to all the photographers who participated in our second photo shoot, which again resulted in some extraordinary images.  Beginning Friday evening November 27 from 5:30-9:30 PM, you can see these innovative displays and more at our upcoming “Garden of Lights” event!

GL PS2 RS_potters bench (Mobile)

GL PS2 SC_Bonsai blue pool (Mobile)

GL PS2 BC_Bird and Cat Tails (Mobile)

GL PS GS_0067 (Mobile)

GL PS2 BC_Pond4 (Mobile)

GL PS GS_0070 (Mobile)

GL PS2 RS_pond 1 (Mobile)

Photographs courtesy of Barb Catalano, Skip Coffman, Robert Sheets and Ginger Shoun.


Homeschoolers Hop In

Heathcote hosted the Homeschool Hoppers as part of a collaborative field trip series. The Ox-Bow Center, Savannas Preserve State Park, Smithsonian Marine Station, and the Manatee Observation and Education Center are other stops on this journey of learning.

The theme for this series is “Decomposers and Scavengers: Nature’s Recyclers.” At Heathcote Miss Nan led the Hoppers on a search for some of those recyclers. Kids spied earthworms, lichen, and more as they looked up, down, and through plants, compost, and leaf litter.

HS_3503 (Mobile)

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To learn more about Miss Nan’s educational field trips, please call her at 772-812-1682 or email her at

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