Summer Camp, Day 1

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Children gathered for the first day of Heathcote’s Wild About Cooking Summer Camp!

They learned to slice and stir fry to create tasty teriyaki pineapple boats and even a funny pineapple fish for decoration.









Red Tail Hawks Soaring Free

Every year Heathcote has Red Tail Hawks that come and visit the garden. They are back this year and are enjoying soaring wild in free throughout the trees and landscaping of our garden. Come out and enjoy a day of tranquility in the gardens and watch as the Red Tail Hawks soar around!


Beginners Tropical Bonsai Course

The intention of this course is to introduce tropical bonsai in a way that anyone with no horticultural experience can understand. Participants will receive all the materials necessary to create and take home their first tropical bonsai. The course will cover basic bonsai styles and techniques as well as explain the necessary horticulture required to maintain a healthy bonsai. This includes watering, pruning, wiring, re-potting, and fertilizing.

This class will be held Sunday, June 19th, 2016 from 1pm-4pm. You will receive a Water Jasmine Bonsai Tree, pot, pruning shear, and soil along with three hours of instruction at the cost of $75. Additional classes will be offered in the future and will feature a new species each class. Preregistration is preferred. Inquiries can be made by email to or to the office at 772-464-4672.

Wild About Cooking Summer Camp

Kids age 7 – 12, join our Wild About Cooking Summer Camp.  We’ll be slicing and dicing, planting and crafting, and playing and eating, from 9 AM until noon June 20 – 24.  Create your own recipe book!  Explore our beautiful Gardens!

The cost is $110 (20% sibling discount).  Class size is limited.  Your paid registration insures your spot.

For more information email Nan Billings at or call her at 772-812-1682.

Heathcote’s Cool Tool People

Using old garden tools, a little paint, and a HUGE imagination Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller create the Cool Tool People of Heathcote. While walking around our garden you will see a wide variety of these handmade tools. The Cool Tool People are truly a unique, one of a kind addition to Heathcote Botanical Gardens.





Artist Allie Comer and Janet Bird Fuller working on the Cool Tool People.

Caladium Workshop

Learn about the history and horticulture of these spectacular heat-loving tuberous plants. Participants will plant and take home a container. Additional bulbs will be for sale.

Sat. June 11th 10am—11:30am

$10 for Heathcote members / $15 for non-members 

Presented by Merry Savoy of Fancy Leaf Caladiums.


Elementary Science Showcase Comes to Heathcote

Students from Weatherbee Elementary displayed their science projects at Heathcote as part of our recent National Public Garden Day event.  Visitors found the students’ work impressive.  Parents and students enjoyed touring the Gardens and our cats were a big hit!  Education is at the heart of our mission, so we welcome collaboration with our local schools.

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