“Pond Appeal” Class

Are you interested in learning about the birds, mammals, and other critters that visit your backyard pond? Do those blue pickerel weed flowers and other plants in the pond attract wildlife? Would you like to participate in the Florida Landscapes for Wildlife Program?

Join Ken Gioeli, Extension Agent with the UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension, to learn about how ponds and landscaping can benefit wildlife.

 November 14 at 10:30 AM at Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

FREE for HEATHCOTE MEMBERS and $6 for non-members.

Seating is limited, so please register by calling 464-4672.

Adams Ranch BBQ and Tour

At the recent Adams Ranch benefit for Heathcote, guests feasted on awesome barbecue, saw wide vistas and tiny delights on a fabulous tour, learned about the ranch from Bud Adams, and enjoyed a lively auction.

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Ranch CEO Mike Adams drove the open-air bus on a looping route, stopping along the way amidst the cattle to explain the science of specialized breeding. He pointed out resurrection ferns, strangler figs, pickerel weed, and other native plants. Guests got to visit the tree house, and they spotted an alligator in a pond fed by an artesian well.

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It was a privilege to hear Bud Adams speak on the history of the ranch. His dedication to preserving the natural beauty and ecological balance of the land makes him a living treasure on our Treasure Coast.

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Small Pioneers Learn About Olden Days

First graders from Morningside Academy visited Heathcote on October 27 for our Pioneer Day experience. Educator Nan Billings started out with a lesson in the Pioneer House. Hands-on activities from bygone days followed outside.

The children shook cream to make delicious butter. They learned how to knead dough and cut out biscuits. They scrubbed on a washboard and hung clothes on a line with wooden pins. After the chores, they had some pioneer fun with square dancing.

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If you’d like information about booking one of Miss Nan’s curriculum-based field trips to Heathcote, just give her a call at 772-812-1682, or email her at nannette1b@aol.com.

Photographers at the Gardens

Local area photographers visited the gardens last week for a photo shoot of preliminary displays for the upcoming “Garden of Lights” holiday event.  The results were exceptional and we thank all who participated!

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Photographs courtesy of Skip Coffman, Barbara Oliver, Nancy Smith and Carol Stewart-Langnes.

Time for Tea

Join us for an elegant tea party at the home of Cris Adams on Sunday, October 18th, from 2 – 4 PM. The cost is $35 per person.

Come for tea, sandwiches, sweets, and—of course—chocolate! See Cris’ teapot collection, English china cups and saucers, antique linens and silver. You will have a chance to win a Tea Party for 8 at Heathcote and other great items.
Make your reservations early. This event has limited seating. Don’t miss out! To reserve your spot, call Heathcote at 464-4672.

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

What can you do with pink, blue, and green magnetic marbles? Kids who stopped by Heathcote’s exhibit at the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival on September 26 got to combine these “atoms” into molecules of water and carbon dioxide. Then they saw how inside a plant leaf these ingredients “cook” in sunlight to make sugar for the plant’s food and oxygen for us to breathe. Future scientists and gardeners had fun moving the bright marbles around the magnetic board to create the chemical formula for photosynthesis, and they gained a new appreciation for the usefulness of plants. We loved sharing Heathcote’s story with new folks on the Treasure Coast, and saying hello to our long-time friends as well.

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