Summer Camp Day 2 in the Rainforest and Beyond

Day 2 of our kids’ camp began in the Rainforest with making nature-themed sun-catchers and wall hangings. Next the children embarked on a scavenger hunt for living and nonliving things throughout the Rainforest and all the Gardens. In the Bonsai Pavilion they began a project painting coconuts. They trekked back to the Rainforest to create a train made out of vegetables and a homemade hummus dip. These kids LOVE veggies and hummus!

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Summer Camp Opens

Day 1 of our “All Around the World” Summer Camp began in the Bonsai Gallery. Guest speaker Belinda Kehoe took the kids on a tour of the gallery, and along the way she explained how bonsai are grown. Which trees “fight back”? How do you grow bonsai on a rock? Which one had edible fruit?

Continuing the Asian theme, camp teacher Nan Billings led the children in slicing, dicing, and stir-frying their way to an awesome pineapple teriyaki stir-fry.

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 Created with Nokia Smart Cam

Around the World Summer Camp Adventure

Kids age 7 to 12, join us at Heathcote for an exciting All Around the World Summer Camp Adventure. Each day campers will gather in a different part of the garden to learn about plants, explore on scavenger hunts, make crafts, and cook international foods.

DATES: June 8 – 12
TIME: 9 AM to 12 noon
COST: $75

Space is limited, and the roster will fill as registration is paid.

For information, contact Nan Billings at 772-812-1682 or, or Heathcote at 772-464-4672.

Hypertufa Pots Class

Everyone enjoyed themselves learning to make Hypertufa Pots with Dr. Kendra Brown on May 1st, 2015. Hypertufa planters are light-weight rustic pots made from Portland cement and other materials such as peat moss and vermiculite or perlite. Porous Hypertufa pots are great for planting. They look like limestone, but are surprisingly light compared to pottery.

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Garden of Lights

Heathcote Botanical Gardens will host the Bud & Dot Adams Present the 2015 Treasure Coast Garden of Lights holiday illumination beginning Friday November 27th 2015. The event will run every weekend evening until early January 2016.

Volunteers today are engaged in the design and construction of the light flowers that will highlight the display. Totally unique to the Treasure Coast area, it is expected that thousands of visitors will visit during the first and subsequent years. Hundreds of “flowers” are needed and shown to the right are 11 volunteers engaged in that effort. Additional volunteers are always welcome to assist with this event.

Please call 772-464-4672 or email with any questions or to volunteer.

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 We are also looking for individuals or businesses to sponsor various areas of the garden.  Please call Robin at 772-464-4672 to discuss the various levels of sponsorships.

To the left is the “puddle” which is just a hint of the “pond” to come!


Painted Bamboo Workshop

Creativity was displayed on April 18th, 2015 when the Painted Bamboo Workshop with Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street was held at the garden.  Participants painted a piece of bamboo with bright colors and bold patterns to take home for their own garden. 

 PBC Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street (Mobile)
 PBC Participants (Mobile)


Floral Arrangement Class

We all had a wonderful day on Saturday, April 4th making our own Easter floral arrangement.  Rebecca Meuse showed us how easy it can be to create a beautiful arrangement and everyone went home with a floral display for their Easter tables.



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