The calendar may say Spring, but at Heathcote the elves are busily preparing for the holidays. Every Wednesday at 9:30 this crafty band gathers to construct glowing displays. Besides the flowers and butterflies that you loved in last year’s Garden of Lights, they are experimenting with vegetables and critters too. Want to join the fun? Stop by any Wednesday morning or contact Tom and Judy Salmon at email@example.com for further information.
The American Public Gardens Association has designated May 6, 2016, as National Public Gardens Day and we are celebrating our 30th anniversary!
Join us for fun on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, 9 AM – 5 PM
• FREE ADMISSION both days.
• Take a piece of Heathcote home with you! Plants from our propagation house for sale from 9 AM to 2 PM, both days.
• Fun and Funky Garage Sale, from 9 AM to 2 PM, both days.
• Elementary Science Showcase, Saturday, May 7, 10 AM – noon.
Our January class on the art of painting bamboo for garden accents was so popular that our artists are offering it again. Anita Prentice and Ginny Piech Street will teach you how to create unique art pieces with bold patterns and bright colors painted on bamboo.
The class will be on April 9, 2016 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Heathcote. Wear old clothes, and pack a lunch if you like.
The cost is $35 for Heathcote members and $45 for non-members. Supplies are included.
Seating is limited, so register now! Call 772-464-4672 to reserve your spot.
Concrete stepping stones, which are made from casts of the backs of leaves are useful and ornamental in the garden. On Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM Instructor Cheryl Friend will talk about and show some finished stepping stones and then you will each make one or more stepping stones. Concrete material and leaves will be supplied.
Students will need to:
Provide a ridged, strong form or mold. The best molds are the large saucers that are sold for use under plant containers. Be sure that it is strong and ridged. The clear flexible saucers are not strong enough for use as molds. It is useful, but not essential to have a piece of plywood to support your form and ease transport. Be sure there is room in your card for your stepping stone to lie flat.
Wear old clothes. The dye in the concrete will stain clothes.
Bring hand tools, such as a spatula and putty knife, rubber gloves, eye protection, a large plastic bag to enclose the stepping stone for the trip home and plastic grocery bags to cut and cover the stepping stone.
If you have personal leaves that you want to use, please bring them. Stepping stones can be decorated with shells, beads, glitter, etc.
Space is limited. Pre-Registration is Required. Call 772-464-4672
Savannah Ridge Elementary School students recently visited Heathcote for our Plant Detective field trip and tour. They learned about plant structure and needs. They sleuthed hands-on by dissecting seeds and planting pole beans in cups to take home to grow. A helicopter seed craft and picnic on the lawn rounded out their Garden experience.
Would you like to bring a group to Heathcote for one of Miss Nan’s unique learning adventures? She can also present her topics onsite at your facility. To find out more, contact Miss Nan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-812-1682.
Party in the Park, Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. On a day of sparkling February sunshine, volunteers Merrily Minardi and Maureen Melvin welcomed old friends and new to the Heathcote exhibit. Heathcote joined other local environmental and conservation groups to share information with visitors to the park. It was wonderful to see the genuine appreciation of nature among everyone at this annual event.