Heathcote's Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights Sponsors 2019

The Garden of Lights which runs from November 29 – December 28 of 2019, 5:30 – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday nights, is Heathcote’s major fundraising event of the year and brings joy to all who attend. Our event sponsors help fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Tickets are available online or at the gate any night of the event.

Heathcote’s Garden of Lights would like to give special thanks to this year’s sponsors who helped make this event possible:


Visit St. Lucie


Mike and Mimi Brown





Shining Star

  • Donna L. Beck
  • Captec Engineering: Joe Capra
  • Frank H. Fee III & Levan N. Fee
  • Maredith Leonard
  • St. Lucie West Garden Club
  • Treasure Coast Woodturners Guild
  • Indian River Drive Freeholders Assc.


  • A1A Ink ll, LLC
  • Norma Cassens Axx
  • Jill & Rick Creech
  • Florence Bryan Fowlkes
  • Chris & Dan Donohue
  • Dr. Tim & Karen Gottwald
  • Carl L. & Kathryn K. Hensley
  • Slingerlands, Inc.
  • Diane & Tim Kimes
  • Marcia A. Miller
  • Gloria & Al Polizzi
  • Treasure Coast African Violet Society
Mandarin Hat

Blooming in Heathcote

While you’re visiting Heathcote and enjoying the 5 acres of Gardens, here are a few of the many flowers you can find blooming in January.

Mandarin Hat

This herbaceous perennial is a climbing shrub, native to the lowlands of the Himalayas and found in many Florida gardens. Holmskioldia sanguinea is also known as Mandarin Hat Plant (the name preferred in Southern Florida), Chinese Hat Plant or Cup-and-Saucer Plant. The 8 to 10 foot plant is irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Chocolate Cherry Allamanda

From Tropical South and Central America, these large plants have striking foliage and trumpet-shaped flowers which bloom nearly year-round at Heathcote. Allamanda is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. The most common of the species produce yellow flowers. Allamanda attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, it’s resistant to deer and rabbits and grows well in full sun or in light shade. All parts of the plant are toxic if swallowed.

Glory Bower Vine

You may have a hard time finding this one at Heathcote as it is high up in the trees in our rainforest. Flaming glorybower, native to western Africa, is a woody or semi-woody evergreen vine or running shrub that climbs by twining and is popular in warm, humid climates. The flowers are extremely showy and attractive to butterflies.

Heathcote's Tea in the Gardens

Tea in the Gardens 2019

A Wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and Auction

Vintage linens and china, delicious food including a variety of tea sandwiches, shortbread, and of course, something chocolate.

  • Sunday, April 7, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted
  • Volunteers needed

$50 Individuals, $175 Table of four
$40 Heathcote Members, $150 Table of four
Call 772-464-4672 for more information.

Purchase Tickets OnlineTea in the Gardens

R.S.V.P. by March 22, 2019.⭐ Limited seating, reservations required.

Tea in the Gardens Committee 2019

Tea in the Gardens Event Committee 2019
Standing: Cris Adams, Lillian Aguiar, Laura Cooper, Melanie Wiles.
Seated: Roselle Gordon, Judy Coffman, Robyn Hutchinson

Heathcote's Bonsai Bash sponsors and donors

9th Annual Bonsai Bash 2019

Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who generously donated gifts for the Live and Silent Auctions, advertised in our program, and sponsored tables at the Bash!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is privileged to be the recipient of the world-renowned collection of 100 tropical bonsai trees donated by the late James J. Smith. Smith had tremendous influence over how the trees would be displayed. Architect Peter Yoor described the Gallery, as “sino-cracker” or where sushi meets fried mullet! Our mission is practiced daily: to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment. Thanks to all who attended this year’s event. We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about the impact that Heathcote has on audiences, young and old! We look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress!

Silent Auction Donors:

E. Backus & Museum, Adam’s Ranch, Cris Adams, Lillian Aguiar, Casa Azteca, Nannette Billings, 2nd Street Bistro, 12A Bouy, The Bradford Steakhouse, Brevard Bonsai Society, Mimi Brown, Bunk House Coffee Bar, Miriam & Peter Charles, Chico’s, Judy Coffman, Sam Comer, Hollie Conger, Scott & Donna Dennis, Patti & Carlos Diaz, Chris Donohue, Wendy Dwyer, Susan M. Edwards, Gail Flesche, Ed Fry, Janet Fuller, Gator Trace Golf & Country Club, Giordano’s Floral Creations, Martha Gonzales, Judy “Gibbs” Goolsby, Harbour Ridge Golf and Country Club, Trina Wise Henkel, Carl Hensley, Sherry Horton, Mayor Linda Hudson, Jetson TV and Appliance, Joan Kantor, Ann Marie Loveridge, Carolyn Luxion, Lana McClain, McKee Botanical Gardens, Merrily Minardi, Nails by Sabrina, Carol Norman, Pelican Yacht Club, Peter’s Steakhouse, Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, PRP Wine International, Quail Creek Plantation, Lori Q. Reyes, Dr. Tred J. Rissacher, Slim Body Laser Spa, Rooster in the Garden, Rosslow’s, Kate Rotindo, Save the Chimps, Inc., Jaquelyn Schindehett, Seriously Mixed Media, Sheriff Ken Mascara/St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, UDT Navy Seal Museum, Bob & Laurie Wade, Mike Waninger, Whirled Ink Gallery Inc., White’s Tackle, Lee Whitridge, Theresa Wyres, Clay Yates.
Click here to return to the 10th Annual Bonsai Bash 2020.

Live Auction Items:

aruba ocean villas auction donation
aruba ocean villas auction donation

fishing charter with carlos diaz auction item
dinner with Miriam and Peter Charles auction itemharbour ridge golf donationpelican yacht club auction donation


Enjoy a 5 night/6 day stay at this luxury Oceanfront Villa — including a chef prepared dinner to be enjoyed at the palapa, perched on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, poolside under the stars or inside. The Villa, with private saltwater pool is located in the San Nicolas district — about a 30 minute drive south of the airport; a 2 minute drive or bike ride from Aruba’s two most famous beautiful beaches – Baby Beach & Rodger’s Beach. Airfare NOT included. Click here for more details.


Beautiful over-water villa; 3 night/4 day stay Romantic for 2 in an absolutely stunning setting. Watch the sunsets while sipping wine in your own little piece of heaven. Taxes, Service Fees & Breakfast included. Airfare NOT included. >Click here for more details.


Your name prominently displayed on a Bonsai Stand in the Bonsai Garden for an entire year — what a way to make a statement and show that you are, indeed, a friend of the Garden. You can put your own name or honor a loved one.


Come sail with Captain Carlos Diaz on his boat – a 25-foot open fisherman Sea Hunt – offshore fish with a buddy for sailfish or take a relaxing cruise the coastal waterway with friends. Either way, time on the water is time well-spent. And ladies – this would be an excellent birthday or anniversary for your special guy.


Ever wanted to entertain in the Garden? This is your chance. Have a birthday party, a small wedding or just an evening out with friends! Cater a dinner or have just cocktails in the pavilion. Entertain like this is your own private garden. This is an offer that doesn’t come around often.


Golfers take note! Round of golf for 4 plus a delicious lunch! Good for 12pm any day from May 1 through September 30, 2019. Come enjoy a wonderful day of golfing.


This is an annual favorite. Everyone who has ever spent an evening with Miriam and Peter in their beautiful waterfront home, eating gourmet food and drinking wine will tell you that this is a “can’t miss” experience. Miriam’s food and Peter’s gracious hosting will entertain and satisfy even the most discerning diners. This is an evening that will delight.


The time-share adventure of a lifetime! Go anywhere in the world that RCI has a facility…and that is just about anywhere you can think of—Europe, Africa, Asia, or here in the beautiful USA. 6 nights hotel accommodations. Now is the time to find that low airfare and go on the trip you always dreamed of! AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED.


See our coastline from a unique perspective — from the sky! Join your pilot, Ed Frye, and tour the Treasure Coast area in a plane for a private tour not usually offered in this area. Then join Ed and his wife for lunch at the airport. This is an exciting way to spend a sunny day.


Join Clay Yates on an adventure that you won’t forget. This is a private airboat tour by someone that knows the area well. See sights that are not available to most folks and enjoy a unique and memorable day.


Try “The Club” for a one-year complimentary trial membership. No membership fees, just fun, friends, food and drink. If you ever thought about joining and just weren’t sure, this is the perfect way to “try it first.” $1200 yearly minimum spending requirement and members are subject to membership committee approval.


Call this amazing piece of colorful art your own. This artist, Judy “Gibbs’ Goolsby, is famous for her hidden cats in her art pieces. See if you and your friends can find the cat in this one!

Heathcote’s BONSAI BASH Under the Asian Moon!

Cocktails, Live & Silent Auctions and Tastings-by-the-bite in the Bonsai Gallery and on the Main Lawn. Proceeds from the event sustain the treasured James Smith Bonsai Collection and the educational programs of Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

R.S.V.P. : 772-464-4672 Individual Reserved Seating: $85, Table for Eight: $700 Member Reserved Seating: $75, Member Table for Eight: $600 $1,000 Sponsor Table for Eight, includes full page ad Tickets are available in the gift shop or online HERE Call 772-464-4672 for more information.
Online ticket sales

Win “Bunting Under the Sun,” framed mosaic by Anita Prentice

framed mosaic by Anita Prentice

Bunting Under the Sun

Framed mosaic donated by artist ANITA PRENTICE to benefit Heathcote Botanical Gardens

DRAWING MARCH 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

TICKET DONATION: $10 ea. or three for $25

Tickets are available online, in the Gift Shop and Heathcote’s office, as well as at the Bonsai Bash on February 23rd.

Volunteers Needed

Bonsai Bash Event Committee 2019:

Bonsai Bash Event Committee 2019

Laura Cooper, Donna Dennis, Karen Cashen, Patti Diaz, Gail Flesche, Diane Kimes

Bonsai Bash Event Committee 2019
Standing: Scott Dennis, Carlos & Patti Diaz (chairs), Carl Hensley
Seated:Laura Cooper, Karen Cashen, Gail Flesche, Donna Dennis
Not pictured: Cris Adams, Frank Flesche, Frank Lot, Lana McClain, Madeleine Warns, Clay Yates

Photo Gallery:

Heathcote's Garden of Lights Flower Bed

Garden of Lights Sponsors – 2018

The Garden of Lights which runs from November 23 – December 29 of 2018, 5:30 – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday nights, is Heathcote’s major fundraising event of the year and brings joy to all who attend. Our event sponsors help fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Tickets are available online or at the gate any night of the event.

Heathcote’s Garden of Lights would like to give special thanks to this year’s sponsors who helped make this event possible:


Visit Florida Visit St. Lucie


Mike and Mimi Brown



Shining Star

  • Jill & Richard Creech
  • Rita & Graham Stikelether

Twinkling Lights

  • Anonymous
  • Norma Cassens Axx
  • Levan N. & Frank H. Fee III
  • Florence Bryan Fowlkes
  • Garden Club of Fort Pierce
  • Garden Club of St. Lucie West
  • Edith P. Gengras
  • Kathryn J. & Carl L. Hensley
  • Diane & Tim Kimes
  • Marcia Miller
  • Gloria & Al Polizzi
  • Treasure Coast African Violet Society

In-Kind Support

Heathcote's Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights 2019

Last Weekend! Garden of Lights
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12/27, 12/28 and 12/29.
 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Treasure Coast’s most innovative and unique holiday illumination.

Garden of Lights Bonsai GalleryGarden of Lights 2019
Experience Heathcote Botanical Gardens in a whole new light at the 5th Annual Heathcote “Garden of Lights,” a holiday experience to delight visitors of all ages. The Illumination festival returns on November 29, bigger and better than ever. Over 11,700 visitors last year enjoyed whimsical, colorful light displays throughout the five-acre gardens. Refreshments, Entertainment, Heathcote the Bear and special appearances with Santa and Mrs. Claus are part of the holiday fun.


Visitors will enjoy enchanted gardens that feature favorite light displays from last year, as well as new additions to dazzle audiences. A sparkling blue River and Waterfall forms the centerpiece of the Garden, along with a kaleidoscope of colorful flower beds, potting benches, vegetables, a vineyard pathway and more to amaze guests at every turn.

Dedicated volunteers work tirelessly year-round to create this tropical wonderland for families to remember long after the holidays end!

Thankful for this years Sponsors!

Tickets are available ONLINE or at the gate the night of the event.

Follow the Garden of Lights on Facebook for news and event details.

 Santa & Mrs. Claus

Most evenings from
6:00 – 8:30pm
through Dec. 28thSanta & Mrs. Claus


November 29:
November 30:
December 6: Melodies & Memories
December 7:
December 13: Barbara Gomulka
December 14: My Favorite Strings
December 15: The Sunrise Jazz Combo
December 20: Barbershop Quartet
December 21: Barbershop Quartet
December 22: The Orchids
December 27:
December 28:  

  • Sponsorship opportunities, as well as ways for you and your company to volunteer are available!
    Download PDF or Call: 772-464-4672
  • Volunteers needed, more information HERE
No Dogs Allowed
Online ticket sales


Ticket Prices: $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members, $3.00, children 6-12 yrs., Free for children under 6yrs.

Garden of Lights not only brings joy to those who attend, it is Heathcote’s major fundraiser to underwrite the Gardens’ year-round education programs.
Evening of Illumination will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sponsorships available from $100 and up.

Volunteer Opportunities.

Garden of Lights Volunteer OpportunitiesDownload GOL Job Descriptions

Sponsorship Opportunities.

Sponsoring an event at Heathcote helps fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Please contact us at 772-464-4672.