Surinam Cherry Bonsai detail

The Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

The Surinam Cherry bonsai is a sub-tropical evergreen with dark green ovate leaves formed in pairs and thin, tan-colored, peeling bark. In the spring it bears small white flowers which are followed by red edible fruit. It is a popular landscape tree in the southern part of the United States and is highly recommended for those wanting an outdoor tropical bonsai as it has a long life and is relatively easy to grow.

Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree

Surinam cherries, also known as the Pitanga, are small, red, ribbed berries that look very similar to a cherry. Their taste, however, is very different. Some say they are tart and acidic with a taste much like a green bell pepper, others say it tastes like a mango. The fruit is also rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. The tropical Surinam cherry is related to the guava, clove, allspice and eucalyptus plants. The name is deceptive since it’s actually not related to sweet or sour cherries.

The Surinam cherry is named for the northern country in South America where it is believed to have originated. It naturally grows in neighboring French Guiana and Guyana and can be found as far south as Uruguay and Argentina.

The leaves of the Surinam cherry contain various essential oils such as turpentine in the form of polyterpenes and sequiterpenes; citronella which is known to repel insects.

 

Come and visit the James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery here at Heathcote and see this beautiful bonsai for yourself.

 

Peace Lily

Blooming in White

Here are some of the white flowers currently blooming in Heathcote’s gardens.

The Queen Emma Lily (named for the consort of King Kamehameha IV) is a type of crinum lily, or spider lily.

The White Geiger Texas Olive tree is native to Mexico and Texas and commonly called the Texas Wild Olive. In Southern Florida it is referred to as “White Geiger.”

The Peace Lily is named for its flamboyant white blooms, which resemble flags of peace.

Delphiniums are perennials grown for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white, and purple. Very young delphinium plants and delphinium seeds are poisonous. If ingested, they can cause nausea, twitching muscles, paralysis, and even death.

Water Jasmine is the common name for Wrightia Religiosa, the variety we use for bonsai. One of the reasons this tropical bonsai is popular throughout the world is due to its beautiful flowers which smell “as sweet as jasmine.”

Come visit these beautiful white blooming flowers and much more. We are open Tuesday – Sunday. View our hours, admission prices and pet policy here.

Monarch Butterfly

Blooming in the Butterfly Garden

Planting a butterfly garden is a great way to beautify your yard and help attract many of the different butterflies found in Florida. Most butterfly gardens are also a magnet for hummingbirds and beneficial insects. A productive butterfly garden does not require a large land area—even a few key plants can make a huge impact.

To generate a list of host plants for a specific area, visit Florida Native Plant Society’s website.

Here are a few of the plants currently blooming in Heathcote’s butterfly garden.

There are more than 765 species of butterflies found in North America north of Mexico. Florida boasts over 180 verified butterfly species representing some 170 native or newly established species and 17 tropical vagrants. Within that mix, around 40 are considered either unique to the state or occur mostly within its boundaries. This diverse butterfly fauna is the highest of any state east of the Mississippi River and helps make Florida a premier location for butterfly gardeners.

Butterfly information from document WEC 22, one of a series of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date December 1990. Revised February 2008. Reviewed October 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2017

Summer Camp 2017

  • June 12 – 16  
  • Ages: 6 – 12 
  • Cost: $110
  • Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 10% sibling discount for second child

Join our camp this summer for Cooking Around the World, Tropical World, World of Birds, World Under the Sea, and World of Arts & Crafts!

At Heathcote Botanical Gardens campers will be immersed in educational, fun-filled activities in the beautiful surroundings from 9am when they arrive until they leave at 1:00pm.
 
They will enjoy a delicious, healthy mid-morning veggie/fruit snack from Nelsons Family Market. The week will be packed with activities from “Around the World.”
  • Monday: campers will learn to identify 22 local birds and enjoy eating like birds understanding their adaptations in the “World of Birds.”
  • Tuesday: campers will explore the Tropical World of the Rainforest.
  • Wednesday: campers will use their creativity and imagination in the “World of Arts & Crafts.”
  • Thursday: games, crafts and discovery as they travel into the “Under the Sea World.”
  • Friday: “Cooking Around the World” the yummy day of preparing and eating colorful, healthy fun foods! Campers will bring a lunch to eat each day at the gardens.

This will be a truly unique experience for 6 to 12 year olds to discover nature and enhance their appreciation of the world around them.

Limited attendance available, register soon!

210 Savannah Rd
Fort Pierce, Florida
National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day & Fun ‘n Funky

Join us in celebrating this national day
to raise awareness of America’s public gardens!
* Free Admission for everyone.
Tag Sale

Our Annual “FUN & FUNKY” Tag Sale

May 12th – May 13th
Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Vintage finds and closet cast-offs will reign during this event with proceeds benefiting children’s programs.

Join the fun, socialize with our CoHorts and look for a bargain you can’t resist!

DONTATE YOUR GENTLY USED ITEMS…

Beginning on April 3rd, between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday through May 10th, we will be accepting your donations of gently used items for our yard sale on the grounds at Heathcote.* Please – No electronics, bed linens or clothes. Only garden related books will be accepted.

Our Annual Spring Garden Sale Heathcote propagated plants and more will be available for purchase.

Lots of fun for the entire family!

Founding women members: Jan Bals, Laura Baker, Gloria Moore, Norma Carsens, Peggy Berg

Heathcote’s Founding Women

The Founding Women Members

Jan Bals, Laura Baker, Gloria Moore, Norma Carsens, Peggy Berg

For Women’s History Month we are highlighting the important women who were the founding members of what we now know as Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

Originally a plant nursery on Heathcote Street in Scarsdale, New York, the business was transplanted to Florida and in 1960 moved from the original Florida location on West Orange Avenue to its current Fort Pierce site on Savannah Road by its owners Jim and Mollie Crimmins.

When the Crimmins retired, they put the property up for sale. A group of very determined ladies in a local garden club led by Gloria Moore, Chris Haynes, Jan Bals, Norma Carsens, Laura Baker, Gloria Rooks and Peggy Berg saw the unique beauty of the spot and worked hard to preserve it as a public botanical garden.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit; and in 1986 the property was purchased with private donations raised by Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc., and grants from the state, county, and city.

Without these great women Heathcote Botanical Gardens would not be what it is today. The non-profit continues to maintain and operate the Gardens and carry forward its mission.

the art of bonsai

Learning the Art of Bonsai

Register now and learn about the ancient artistry of Bonsai at this workshop by Heathcote’s Bonsai Curator, Seth Nelson; introducing audiences to the delicate convergence of nature and creative expression.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:30 am.

Members $10; Non–members $20.
RSVP 772.464.4672

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