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I Spy…In the Garden

What Might You See Around the Garden this Month?

Here’s a collection of interesting plants, artists, gardeners, flowers and critters that you may spot when you visit the gardens at Heathcote.

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.

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!