National Public Gardens Day 2018

Join the 10th Annual National Public Gardens Day in 2018!
Friday May 11, 9:00-4:00  & Saturday May 12, 10:00-3:00. The Gardens will showcase inventory of Heathcote’s own propagated plants and flowers. Enjoy COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Gardens to celebrate the important role our treasured green spaces play to enrich our lives.

National Public Gardens Day, an initiative of the American Public Gardens Association, is a day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and the important role they play in their communities.

This year at Heathcote, we will have a selection of Heathcote propagated plants for sale and free admission for everyone Friday May 11, 9:00-4:00  & Saturday May 12, 10:00-3:00.

Mother’s Day: Sunday May 13th

Join us in honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of the women who raised us.

Free admission, all day, for mothers of all ages.

Red in the Gardens

The Gardens are looking lovely and there is a wonderful assortment of “red” (or close to it) throughout the grounds right now.

From the red Amaryllus in the parking lot, to the blooming Bougainvilla in the Bonsai Garden, there are many beautiful plants and flowers to find everywhere.

Fun Facts:

Guzmanija lingulata: The genus was discovered in 1802 and named after the Spanish botanist A. Gusman.
Amaryllus: Cultivation of amaryllis started in the 18th century. There are more than 600 varieties of amaryllis today. South Africa and Holland are among the greatest manufacturers of amaryllis in the world.

Philodendron: Always allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering.

Eucrosia bicolor: Native to Ecuador and Peru. This species grows very well in tropical climates. It was the first species of Eucrosia to be scientifically described, in 1816, and the first to be introduced into cultivation in Europe, flowering outside its homeland for the first time in 1817.

Crown of Thorns: Currently, all varieties are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meaning that international trade in wild grown plants should be carefully monitored.

Billbergia pyramidalis: Commonly known as the Flaming torch, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, the Lesser Antilles and Cuba. When planted at the base of a tree, they slowly will climb the trunk.

Bougainvilla: The beautiful bougainvilla is listed as one of the top 10 flowering bonsai trees to grow. Discovered in Brazil during French Adm. Louis de Bougainvillea’s 1768 voyage, these plants were named in his honor.

Neoregelia Aztec: This tropical epiphyte thrives with humidity, often going two weeks without supplemental water.

Desert Rose: It has no thorns and it is totally unrelated to the rose family – it doesn’t really even look like one.

Heathcote Herb Society

Coffee: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Heathcote’s herb collection includes many specimens of Salvias, as well as rare and exotic plants. Call to register: 772-464-4672

Join us to kick off Heathcote Herb Society on Thursday, March 21 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a continental breakfast with herb-infused breads. Learn about the origins of Heathcote’s Herb Garden and its rare and unusual salvias. Spearheaded by Karen Gottwald, our goal is to reinvigorate the Society formed in 1994 after an herb gardening workshop brought together a diverse cadre of herb lovers.

If you are interested in joining but cannot attend Thursday’s Coffee, please let us know by calling 772-464-4672 and will add you to the List for future events and activities.

Heathcote’s Gardener, Miriam Charles, was a founding member of the Herb Society. She will share how she seeks out rare and unusual herbs and starts many of them from seed. Miriam’s particular interest is in Salvias, and you will find many lovely specimens in the Herb Garden and in Heathcote’s Color Beds.

The herbs in Heathcote’s Garden range from culinary to medicinal. Some are also sources of dyes and ornamental dried bouquets. Yarrow, Rosemary, Pennyroyal and Lavender, and the seed heads of Dill and Fennel make nice dried arrangements. Basil and Bay, in addition to their culinary uses, symbolize friendship and loyalty. Geraniums are for comfort and, of course, Rosemary is for remembrance. You may also be familiar with Rose Hips as being a source of Vitamin C. Culinary herbs provided the inspiration for the Herb Society’s cookbook, Heathcote Gems: Herb Inspired Recipes, which is available in the Gift Shop.

St. Fiacre

St. Fiacre

The statue in the Herb Garden is a representation of St. Fiacre (pron. Fee-ah-kruh), an Irish monk whose feast is celebrated in Ireland and France on September 1st. He is the patron saint of gardeners (and taxi-drivers and florists among other things).

During the Dark Ages, monasteries were repositories of learning, and it was there that Fiacre became skilled at the use of healing herbs. Bishop Faro, viewed Fiacre’s act as a gift from God and proclaimed it a miracle.


Tea in the Gardens

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 15 at 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted.
  • Volunteers needed.


Tickets Available Online
$40 Individuals – $150 Table of four – $300 Table of four with Champagne
R.S.V.P. by April 1, 2018. Limited Seating

Tea Lore

Each of us, whether broken or whole, is empowered by tea. There is more to this drink than just the leaves…

Tea brings us in closer touch with ourselves. It provides peaceful moments to reflect on our life’s chapters as they unfold, and it allows us to be intimate with friends, co-workers and loved ones.

I see sipping tea…as a bridge that united me to a wide variety of people. When we site down with a cup of tea…we commune spiritually with fellow drinkers all over the world.

What’s wonderful about the tea celebration is that teach of us may bring to it our own tradition and personal preferences.

~Alexandra Stoddaard in “Tea Celebrations”

Bone China

Bone China was invented in England in the mid 18th century, and it keeps the tea hot! These cups were so expensive that women carried their own cup and saucer in a special box.

Some tea drinkers know that clay teapots can alter the taste and flavor of tea. However, very few may pay attention to the effect which the cup you drink out of can also alter the taste.

In a taste test experiment conducted by Akira Hojo, using bone China, porcelain and glass cups, Hojo found that the bone China clearly increased the body, while the porcelain decreased it. On the contrary, the porcelain increased the after taste. The glass tea cup gave the body and after taste results in between porcelain and bone China.

Tea Bags

These handy items were actually invented in 1826, they’re not just a modern convenience.

Milk in Tea

Put it in first! Tradition has it that the English were afraid the hot tea would crack the cup. Also, by putting milk in first, you will never fill the cup too full.

Bonsai Bash 2018 Sponsors

Bonsai Bash Donors and Sponsors 2018

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!

Live Auction Donors:

Event Sponsors:

  • Drs. Madeleine & Doug Warns
  • American Bonsai Society
  • Theresa Wyres
  • Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Anonymous

Table Sponsors:

  • Cris Adams
  • Charles Family
  • Patti Diaz / Lana McClain
  • Wendy & Dave Gordon
  • Wendy Dwyer & Dan Hafner
  • Libuha Family
  • Madeleine Warns

Silent Auction Donors:

2nd Street Bistro, Cris Adams, Tina Adams, Lisa Jill Allison, Backus Museum, Nan Billings, Mimi Brown, Miriam & Peter Charles, Coastal Comforts, Coffman Collection, Sam & Allie Comer, Jim & R. L. Davenport, Chris Donohue, Wendy Dwyer, Susan Edwards, G. Alan Jewelers, Gafford Restaurant, Gardner Lock Shop, Gator Trace, Gerd Hambsch, Harbour Ridge, Heathcote Board of Trustees, Carl & Kathryn Hensley, Sherry Horton, Linda Hudson, Islamorada Beer Co., Suzanne Jensen, Jetson, Kemp Shoe,  SalonKilwins, Diane Kimes, Mitch Kloorfain, Debbie Lanier, Larry Lee, Jr., Laser Slim Body Spa, Lindsay Hager Designs, Ann Marie Loveridge, Lyric Theatre, Madison Estate Gallery, Lana McClain ,Maureen Melvin, Nails by Sabrina, Nutrition World, Greg Oarvec, Peter’s Steakhouse, ,Quail Creek, Jane Rowley, Save the Chimps, Seoul Gardens, Jack Shelton, Sunrise Theatre, Talk of the Town, Varsity Sports Shop, Bob & Laurie Wade, Madeleine Warns, Wellness Wise, Inc., John Wilson, Theresa Wyres, Clay Yates, Your Body Bliss

Save the Chimps

8th Annual Bonsai Bash Live Auction Items


Bonsai Bash Fundraiser Event

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the live auction items that we have for you to bid on at the Bonsai Bash Saturday February 24th, 2018!

Save the ChimpsJack Shelton Woodturner
Dinner PartyLarry Lee

Save the Chimps – Six Tickets to Member Day Tour.

Tours at Save The Chimps tours are strictly limited to members and tours occur twice annually.

Save the Chimps is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade.

Jack Shelton Wood Item – made from African Blood Wood

Secured from Fairchild Botanical Garden after Hurricane Andrew. Base is cedar wood root. Jack Shelton is an internationally known wood artist.

Dinner for 8 at Miriam and Peter Charles’ Home

A treat is in store for the winner of this item. Miriam is an excellent cook and Peter a charming host. Located on the beautiful Indian River Lagoon in St. Lucie Village, their home and gardens are a delight for the eyes.

Lunch with State Representative Larry Lee, Jr.

Representative Lee is a St. Lucie County native and State Farm Agent who is active in many local initiatives including It Takes a Village and the Tuesday after school program in the park with Scott VanDuzer.

Hypertufa Workshop

Creating Serene Spaces

The Art of Hypertufa

Join Dr. Kendra Brown, Saturday, January 27, 2018 and learn how to create original art for your garden.

Hypertufa pots, with their rustic appearance, are uniquely suited to complement your garden, patio or porch. Made of cement, peat moss and perlite, they are both durable and light weight. In addition to being kind to plants, hypertufa pots create a serene environment ideal for Fairy Gardens, Meditation Gardens or easy Bonsais (all featured in this class).

Dr. Kendra Brown and her associate, Joyce D’Agata, have enjoyed the many positive responses to their previous hypertufa classes and are excited about teaching this new variation.

You will receive:

Wear gardening clothes, as this can be messy. Bring rubber gloves and a dust mask (Home Depot or Lowes). All other materials will be provided.

$45 members; $55 non-members.
*** Advance Registration required: 772-464-4672