Fresh For Kids

Fresh For Kids! – 2nd Saturdays

Our new Fresh For Kids program is designed to engage multiple generations in Heathcote Botanical Garden’s mission of education and the conservation of green space. These classes are the perfect opportunity for kids to have a creative experience in the garden and are held the second Saturday of every month.

pineapple

Class #1: Growing Your Own Pineapples!

Robert Pike

Robert Pike

Our first class is lead by Heathcote member, volunteer and retired science teacher Robert H. Pike. You and your kids will be inspired and educated in the cultivation of pineapples at your own home.

Of all the fruits and vegetables Robert has grown, pineapples have been the easiest and most rewarding for him. He’s grown tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and many annuals and perennials. He’s had Mango, Orange, and Key Lime trees on his property, and has grown many herbs; but nothing has been easier than the pineapple. He says they don’t need much water or attention but they do need patience – they take 18 months to two years or more to come to fruit.

Come and learn about the interesting history of South Florida Pineapples and “plant” your own pineapple on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00am.

pineapple top

Pineapple top

The class is $5.00 for members and $10 for non-members.
Pots and soil are included.

Please note: One adult is required for every three children in the class.
Registration is required.

Grow you own pineapple!

Grow your own pineapple!

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing you need to bring is the top of a pineapple and the desire to have some fun with the family!

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.