Calling All Artists!

Celebrate Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ 30th Anniversary by Exhibiting in the Garden


Details:   Heathcote Botanical Gardens is celebrating their 30th anniversary on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, with a birthday party in the garden and exhibition of Garden Art for the anniversary celebration. Artists are invited to submit an application for consideration and once accepted will choose their spot in the garden to exhibit their work. Each artist selected will be invited to the October 16th event and will be able to exhibit up to four works.


Eligibility:            Open to all artists whose work is suitable for outdoor exhibition. 


Deadline:             Completed Artist Selection Form and photos due no later than Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by 5:00pm. 


Exhibit Dates:     Sunday, October 16th – Sunday, November 13th, 2016.


Opening:             Sunday, October 16th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the FREE Heathcote Botanical Gardens 30th Anniversary event.


Venue:                 Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL   34982


Entry Fee:            $20 nonrefundable fee per entry.



Artist Compensation:   50% of the sale price of all garden art sold will be returned to the artist. Applicable sales tax applies.


Questions:            Call 772-464-4672 , email  and put Anniversary in the subject field or visit the website at


Click here for Artist Selection Form

Below are some examples of our outdoor artwork from Heathcote’s Cool Tool Collection.




Last Day of Summer Camp, Day 5

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Camp Graduation

Our last day of summer camp featured a lesson on life in the pioneer days.

Kids shook cream to make butter, kneaded dough, and even washed clothes on a washboard and hung them on a line with wooden pegs.



 Colorful fruit was the food for the day.

Campers scooped melon into a watermelon bowl and speared fruit on kabobs.

A watermelon seed spitting contest rounded out the activities.




Campers received a certificate of completion to add to their recipe binders.



A big thanks to Miss Nan for a week of learning and fun!



Summer Camp, Day 4

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

On day 4, our campers prepared Asian food.

Each camper had a chance to work with hand tools, like a veggie peeler, and electric tools, like a salad shooter.

They made California roll flowers and rainbow spring rolls with fresh ginger peanut sauce.

Kids snipped recipes from food magazines to add to their camping journals for more cooking adventures at home!

Our summer camp is so grateful to Nelson Family Farms for their generous donations of the wonderful fresh fruits and veggies for our recipes each day! 








Summer Camp, Day 3


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Spiders R Us!

Our Wild About Cooking Summer Camp featured garden spiders on Day 3. First, kids made spider webs out of sticks and string.

They sipped infused water, flavored with oranges and mangos.

Smoothies made of avocadoes, bananas, and chocolate, were a cool treat with the spicy Mexican lunch of salsa and layered salad. A sour cream “web” decorated the salad.

A spider fun quiz and folktale rounded out the theme.





Summer Camp, Day 2

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Both kids and frogs were hopping on the 2nd day of our Wild About Cooking Camp. Origami frogs and sea grape leaf “lily pads” were the craft of the day.

Cucumber frogs sat beside plates of tasty veggie people. Campers hiked around the Gardens looking for real frogs.

In the Japanese Garden, campers set their lily pads afloat in a small pond.







Summer Camp, Day 1

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Children gathered for the first day of Heathcote’s Wild About Cooking Summer Camp!

They learned to slice and stir fry to create tasty teriyaki pineapple boats and even a funny pineapple fish for decoration.









Red Tail Hawks Soaring Free

Every year Heathcote has Red Tail Hawks that come and visit the garden. They are back this year and are enjoying soaring wild in free throughout the trees and landscaping of our garden. Come out and enjoy a day of tranquility in the gardens and watch as the Red Tail Hawks soar around!