A New Addition to Heathcote’s Children Educational Programs

Heathcote would like to give a big thank you to Sam Comer, of Hayslip Landscape, for donating stone benches to create an outdoor classroom for children.  Located next to our Pioneer House, the benches rest beneath a roof of shady oak branches.  They make a perfect natural spot for Educator Nan Billings to conduct her unique classes.


Nan Billings offers a wide variety of Children Education classes.

Contact Nan with any questions or to schedule a class at




In Memory of James J. Smith

On June 30th, we were informed that James J. Smith, Bonsai Master, had passed away.
In 2009 Jim gave Heathcote Botanical Gardens a generous gift of one hundred tropical bonsai, making Heathcote Botanical Gardens the site of the largest public collection of tropical bonsai in the United States.
 He will be missed by Heathcote as well as the Bonsai community.

Heathcote extends condolences to the family and friends of the world-renowned Bonsai Master Jim Smith.

Arrangements are in the process and will be announced when they are finalized.

Calling All Artists!

Celebrate Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ 30th Anniversary by Exhibiting in the Garden


Details:   Heathcote Botanical Gardens is celebrating their 30th anniversary on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, with a birthday party in the garden and exhibition of Garden Art for the anniversary celebration. Artists are invited to submit an application for consideration and once accepted will choose their spot in the garden to exhibit their work. Each artist selected will be invited to the October 16th event and will be able to exhibit up to four works.


Eligibility:            Open to all artists whose work is suitable for outdoor exhibition. 


Deadline:             Completed Artist Selection Form and photos due no later than Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by 5:00pm. 


Exhibit Dates:     Sunday, October 16th – Sunday, November 13th, 2016.


Opening:             Sunday, October 16th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the FREE Heathcote Botanical Gardens 30th Anniversary event.


Venue:                 Heathcote Botanical Gardens, 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL   34982


Entry Fee:            $20 nonrefundable fee per entry.



Artist Compensation:   50% of the sale price of all garden art sold will be returned to the artist. Applicable sales tax applies.


Questions:            Call 772-464-4672 , email info@heathcotebotanicalgardens.org  and put Anniversary in the subject field or visit the website at Heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.


Click here for Artist Selection Form

Below are some examples of our outdoor artwork from Heathcote’s Cool Tool Collection.




Last Day of Summer Camp, Day 5

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Camp Graduation

Our last day of summer camp featured a lesson on life in the pioneer days.

Kids shook cream to make butter, kneaded dough, and even washed clothes on a washboard and hung them on a line with wooden pegs.



 Colorful fruit was the food for the day.

Campers scooped melon into a watermelon bowl and speared fruit on kabobs.

A watermelon seed spitting contest rounded out the activities.




Campers received a certificate of completion to add to their recipe binders.



A big thanks to Miss Nan for a week of learning and fun!



Summer Camp, Day 4

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

On day 4, our campers prepared Asian food.

Each camper had a chance to work with hand tools, like a veggie peeler, and electric tools, like a salad shooter.

They made California roll flowers and rainbow spring rolls with fresh ginger peanut sauce.

Kids snipped recipes from food magazines to add to their camping journals for more cooking adventures at home!

Our summer camp is so grateful to Nelson Family Farms for their generous donations of the wonderful fresh fruits and veggies for our recipes each day! 








Summer Camp, Day 3


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Spiders R Us!

Our Wild About Cooking Summer Camp featured garden spiders on Day 3. First, kids made spider webs out of sticks and string.

They sipped infused water, flavored with oranges and mangos.

Smoothies made of avocadoes, bananas, and chocolate, were a cool treat with the spicy Mexican lunch of salsa and layered salad. A sour cream “web” decorated the salad.

A spider fun quiz and folktale rounded out the theme.





Summer Camp, Day 2

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Both kids and frogs were hopping on the 2nd day of our Wild About Cooking Camp. Origami frogs and sea grape leaf “lily pads” were the craft of the day.

Cucumber frogs sat beside plates of tasty veggie people. Campers hiked around the Gardens looking for real frogs.

In the Japanese Garden, campers set their lily pads afloat in a small pond.







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