Beginners Tropical Bonsai Course

The intention of this course is to introduce tropical bonsai in a way that anyone with no horticultural experience can understand. Participants will receive all the materials necessary to create and take home their first tropical bonsai. The course will cover basic bonsai styles and techniques as well as explain the necessary horticulture required to maintain a healthy bonsai. This includes watering, pruning, wiring, re-potting, and fertilizing.

This class will be held Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 1pm-4pm. You will receive a Water Jasmine Bonsai Tree, pot, pruning shear, and soil along with three hours of instruction at the cost of $75. Additional classes will be offered in the future and will feature a new species each class. Preregistration is preferred. Inquiries can be made by email to or to the office at 772-464-4672.

Wild About Cooking Summer Camp

Kids age 7 – 12, join our Wild About Cooking Summer Camp.  We’ll be slicing and dicing, planting and crafting, and playing and eating, from 9 AM until noon June 20 – 24.  Create your own recipe book!  Explore our beautiful Gardens!

The cost is $110 (20% sibling discount).  Class size is limited.  Your paid registration insures your spot.

For more information email Nan Billings at or call her at 772-812-1682.

Heathcote’s Cool Tool People

Using old garden tools, a little paint, and a HUGE imagination Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller create the Cool Tool People of Heathcote. While walking around our garden you will see a wide variety of these handmade tools. The Cool Tool People are truly a unique, one of a kind addition to Heathcote Botanical Gardens.





Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller working on the Cool Tool People.

Caladium Workshop

Learn about the history and horticulture of these spectacular heat-loving tuberous plants. Participants will plant and take home a container. Additional bulbs will be for sale.

Sat. June 11th 10am—11:30am

$10 for Heathcote members / $15 for non-members 

Presented by Merry Savoy of Fancy Leaf Caladiums.


Elementary Science Showcase Comes to Heathcote

Students from Weatherbee Elementary displayed their science projects at Heathcote as part of our recent National Public Garden Day event.  Visitors found the students’ work impressive.  Parents and students enjoyed touring the Gardens and our cats were a big hit!  Education is at the heart of our mission, so we welcome collaboration with our local schools.

Garden of Lights Elves at Work

The calendar may say Spring, but at Heathcote the elves are busily preparing for the holidays.  Every Wednesday at 9:30 this crafty band gathers to construct glowing displays.  Besides the flowers and butterflies that you loved in last year’s Garden of Lights, they are experimenting with vegetables and critters too.  Want to join the fun?  Stop by any Wednesday morning or contact Tom and Judy Salmon at for further information.

GOL corn workday

National Public Gardens Day and Our 30th Anniversary

The American Public Gardens Association has designated May 6, 2016, as National Public Gardens Day and we are celebrating our 30th anniversary!

Join us for fun on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, 9 AM – 5 PM
• Take a piece of Heathcote home with you! Plants from our propagation house for sale from 9 AM to 2 PM, both days.
Fun and Funky Garage Sale, from 9 AM to 2 PM, both days.
Elementary Science Showcase, Saturday, May 7, 10 AM – noon.