Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai Repotting Workshop

Bonsai need to be regularly repotted, especially younger bonsai (under 10 yrs. old) due to various factors: their pots become root bound; soil runs out of nutrients and imbalances of salt and Ph levels occur etc. Repotting will help to correct this and enable the bonsai to reach its full potential with fresh growing medium and pruning overgrown or excessive roots.

Apart from watering, repotting is probably one of the most important and misunderstood processes. It is also a good time to thin your plant’s foliage mass to help reduce the stress on the bonsai.

Heathcote’s bonsai curator Seth Nelson will show you when you should repot, how to repot, what you need to repot your bonsai, and much more.

Feel free to bring your own tree and a pot that you’d like to work with and learn step-by-step as you go.

Saturday, September 30th: 10 AM – 11:30 AM

$10 for members, $20 for non-members
Call to register: 772-464-4672

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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.

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

Bonsai Garden

7th Annual Bonsai Ball

The Year of the Fire Rooster

7th Annual Bonsai BallJoin us Saturday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. for Heathcote Botanical Garden’s 7th Annual Bonsai Ball
“The Year of the Fire Rooster.”
Tickets are $100 per person or $700 per table.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with an Asian-themed cocktail reception held in the Bonsai Gallery, followed by dinner, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event support the James J. Smith Bonsai Collection at Heathcote.

Renowned regional artist, Anita Prentice donated Mosaic artwork entitled, “Sunshine from the Garden”, in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, valued at $1500. The winning ticket will be drawn that evening. Raffle tickets are also available in the Garden Gift Shop.

This highly valued public collection is the largest assemblage of tropical bonsai in the United States. The Collection was gifted to Heathcote in 2010 by James J. Smith, who passed away June, 2016.

Heathcote celebrates more than thirty years as this community’s first not-for-profit horticultural and cultural resource. Our mission is to educate, inspire and serve to empower our community to become better stewards of our natural environment. Staff, donors & volunteers are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of this special urban green space, also known as the Green Heart of the Treasure Coast.

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

  • Donate an item for the Silent or Live Auction: examples include event tickets, golf foursomes, Gift certificates and Gift Cards for the Prosperity Tree, weekend get-aways are just a few examples.
  • Support Heathcote with an Ad in the Program Journal. For as little as $50, you can be featured at the event, along with the Journal available on our website through May 2017.
  • Join as at the Ball. Tickets are $100 per person or $700 per table. There is still time to sign up!

For more information about tickets or sponsorship:

Contact Heathcote Botanical Gardens at 772.464.4672 or by email to info@HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org

7th Annual Bonsai Ball

2017 Calendar of Events and Workshops

WORKSHOPS – 2017

Birding in Botanical Gardens: Flowers, Birds & Recreation:

Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 a.m. Flowers are abundant around Heathcote and so are birds! Eva Ries, an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida’s Florida Master Naturalist Program, will take visitors through the property for bird viewing and discussion of species in the garden, and those migrating through the area. She’ll share tips on birding and what to look for at various times of the year in St. Lucie County. No cost to members and Garden Admission for non-members.

A Gardener’s Dilemma: Pest & Diseases in the Organic Garden:

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:30 a.m. Adina Lehrman of The Compost Gardener & Florida Regenerative Landscapes presents Pest & Disease in the Organic Garden. Learn natural solutions to controlling predatory insects as well as the use of microbe- based products to create a sustainable landscape and garden – 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982. Cost: $5 members (non-members $10) www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org. RSVP to 772.464.4672 

Creating Outdoor Colorful Container Gardens

March 11, 2017: 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. Dress up your garden for spring with the creation of fabulous & colorful container gardens. Bring your own container or one will be provided for you to take home. Learn the best combinations and ideas for your other planters. Cost: $20 Members, $25, non-members. RSVP essential. RSVP 772.464.4672.

Spring Floral Arangements

Saturday, March 18, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – noon. Transform spring flowers into beautiful arrangements for your home in this hands-on workshop led by Rebecca Meuse. Bring your favorite vase or container, or one will be supplied. All materials are included & payment is required in advance for materials. Cost: $15 Members; $20 non-Members. RSVP Essential to 772.464.4672

Learning the Art of Bonsai

Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:30 am. 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. Members $10; Non–members $20. RSVP 772.464.4672

Recurring Events & CoHort Volunteer Activities:

      • A Walk in the Garden Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Curator/Head Gardener Miriam Charles or docent share highlights of the plant galleries of Heathcote. Garden Admission (free to members). January – May.
      • Conversational Spanish: a cultural immersion: Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. beginners welcome.
      • Ambassadors: Second Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Spread the Word about Heathcote! Recruit new volunteers, lead a tour, staff a booth at community events, and speakers bureau.
      • Propagators & Horticulture helpers: Wednesday mornings 9:00 am – noon. Play in the dirt and help maintain the Gardens for all to enjoy. Bring your lunch and enjoy sharing your favorite gardening stories with other nature enthusiasts who make a difference at Heathcote.
      • Heathcote Helping Hands: 1st Monday of the month, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Do you have a passion for arts & crafts? A talent to share, or do you enjoy socializing with a dedicated group of dynamic women, whose talents support the Garden Gift Shop? Call 772.464.4672 for more information.
      • Coffee With CoHorts (New Volunteer Orientation): Third Thursdays of each Month (March 16, April 20, May 18): Volunteers sustain Heathcote to help maintain collections, growing plants, Garden Gift Shop/Admissions & special events. Everyone makes a difference! RSVP to 772.464.4672.

        SPECIAL EVENTS

        Adams Ranch Bar-B-Que, Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m.

        Spend a day enjoying Florida’s heritage with lunch, auction and a tour of Adams Ranch. Like Heathcote, Adams Ranch is committed to preserving the natural vegetation and our unique wildlife. Limited seating. $75.00 members, $100 non-members. Please call Heathcote to make reservations (772.464.4672).

        All Girls Jazz Ensemble/Manatee Academy K8 Community Concert:

        March 4th 3:00 p.m. Bonsai Pavilion. Enjoy a medley of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by instructor Stephen Holmes and jazz violinist Bonnie Gallagher. Regular Admission rates: FREE to members.

        7th Annual Bonsai Ball

        Saturday, March 25th, 2017: 5 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Heathcote Botanical Gardens – An elegant evening in the Gardens to celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster. 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982.

        Volunteer Appreciation Day

        Sunday, April 2nd, 2017: 4 p.m. Heathcote House; by invitation.

        Earth Day, April 22, 2017:

        What better way to celebrate the Earth than at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Join us for family and Earth-friendly activities and entertainment. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

        American Public Garden Day:

        Friday, May 12th, 2017: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free Admission to Heathcote Botanical Gardens – Details TBA – 210 Savannah Road. Fort Pierce, FL 34982. 772-464-4672.

        Annual Fun & Funky Tag Sale:

        Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2017,
        on the grounds of Heathcote. 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!

        Summer Camp 2017

        Dates: June 12 – 16 Ages: 6 to 12 Cost: $110 Time: 9am to 1pm

      • Heathcote’s Showdown on the Green

        Saturday, July 29 at 8 AM – 9 PM
        Indian Hills Golf Course
        1600 S 3rd St, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950

        30th Annual Garden Festival & Plant Sale:

        Saturday & Sunday, November 18th & 19th, 2017. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Exceptional selection of plants – exotics, natives, tropical’s, palms, orchids, herbs, garden art and accessories offered by vendors from across the state, children activities, food and more.

        3rd Annual Heathcote’s Garden of Lights Holiday Festival:

        (Evenings through December 31, 2017 – exact dates TBD) Enjoy a Kaleidoscope of lights, Picture with Heathcote, the bear, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments & musical entertainment. – 210 Savannah Road. Fort Pierce, FL 34982.

Thank you for your support of Heathcote Botanical Gardens, the green heart of the treasure Coast!
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