Heathcote's Tea in the Gardens

Tea in the Gardens 2019

A Wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and Auction

Vintage linens and china, delicious food including a variety of tea sandwiches, shortbread, and of course, something chocolate.

  • Sunday, April 7, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted
  • Volunteers needed

$50 Individuals, $175 Table of four
$40 Heathcote Members, $150 Table of four
Call 772-464-4672 for more information.

Purchase Tickets OnlineTea in the Gardens

R.S.V.P. by March 22, 2019.⭐ Limited seating, reservations required.

Tea in the Gardens Committee 2019

Tea in the Gardens Event Committee 2019
Standing: Cris Adams, Lillian Aguiar, Laura Cooper, Melanie Wiles.
Seated: Roselle Gordon, Judy Coffman, Robyn Hutchinson

Heathcote's Showdown on the Green golf tournament

Heathcote’s Showdown on the Green 2018

Golf Tournament Benefitting Heathcote Programs

Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. shotgun

Four Member Scramble format
$75/individual, $275/Foursome

Held at Fairwinds Golf Course
4400 Fairwinds Dr, Fort Pierce, Florida 34946

Tickets available online at: www.HeathcoteBotanicalGardens.org/golf2018

1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place. Closest to the pin. Longest drive.

Continental breakfast, snacks & awards lunch, card & greens fees

For more information Call:772-464-4672

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor $1,500

  • Two (2) Golf foursomes
  • Special announcement at the event
  • Recognition on Facebook Event
  • Recognition in all event materials, advertising and press
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • Display of advertising banner (provided by sponsor)
  • 4 Tee-Signs

Awards Luncheon Sponsor $750

  • One (1) Golf foursome
  • Special announcement at the event
  • Recognition in all event material
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • Recognition on Facebook Event
  • Your special signage at event (provided by sponsor)
  • 3 Tee-Signs

Golf Package $400

  • One (1) Golf foursome
  • Recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on event Sponsor Board
  • 2 Tee-Signs

Friend of Heathcote Tee Sign Sponsor $60 or 2 for $100

Please email a high resolution (300 dpi) graphic or image to: info@heathcotebg.org

In the absence of a logo, a generic tee sign will be created with your business name.

  • 1 or 2 Tee-Signs




Tea in the Gardens

A Wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and Auction

Vintage linens and china, delicious food including a variety of tea sandwiches, shortbread, and of course, something chocolate.

  • Sunday, April 15 at 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted.
  • Volunteers needed.


Tickets Available Online
$40 Individuals – $150 Table of four – $300 Table of four with Champagne
R.S.V.P. by April 1, 2018. Limited Seating

Tea Lore

Each of us, whether broken or whole, is empowered by tea. There is more to this drink than just the leaves…

Tea brings us in closer touch with ourselves. It provides peaceful moments to reflect on our life’s chapters as they unfold, and it allows us to be intimate with friends, co-workers and loved ones.

I see sipping tea…as a bridge that united me to a wide variety of people. When we site down with a cup of tea…we commune spiritually with fellow drinkers all over the world.

What’s wonderful about the tea celebration is that teach of us may bring to it our own tradition and personal preferences.

~Alexandra Stoddaard in “Tea Celebrations”

Bone China

Bone China was invented in England in the mid 18th century, and it keeps the tea hot! These cups were so expensive that women carried their own cup and saucer in a special box.

Some tea drinkers know that clay teapots can alter the taste and flavor of tea. However, very few may pay attention to the effect which the cup you drink out of can also alter the taste.

In a taste test experiment conducted by Akira Hojo, using bone China, porcelain and glass cups, Hojo found that the bone China clearly increased the body, while the porcelain decreased it. On the contrary, the porcelain increased the after taste. The glass tea cup gave the body and after taste results in between porcelain and bone China.

Tea Bags

These handy items were actually invented in 1826, they’re not just a modern convenience.

Milk in Tea

Put it in first! Tradition has it that the English were afraid the hot tea would crack the cup. Also, by putting milk in first, you will never fill the cup too full.

Bonsai Bash 2018 Sponsors

Bonsai Bash Donors and Sponsors 2018

Thanks to all the local businesses and individuals who generously donated gifts for the Live and Silent Auctions, advertised in our program, and sponsored tables at the Bash!

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is privileged to be the recipient of the world-renowned collection of 100 tropical bonsai trees donated by the late James J. Smith. Smith had tremendous influence over how the trees would be displayed. Architect Peter Yoor described the Gallery, as “sino-cracker” or where sushi meets fried mullet!

Our mission is practiced daily: to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s event. We hope that you have been inspired to learn more about the impact that Heathcote has on audiences, young and old! We look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress!

Live Auction Donors:

Event Sponsors:

  • Drs. Madeleine & Doug Warns
  • American Bonsai Society
  • Theresa Wyres
  • Toshiba Business Solutions
  • Anonymous

Table Sponsors:

  • Cris Adams
  • Charles Family
  • Patti Diaz / Lana McClain
  • Wendy & Dave Gordon
  • Wendy Dwyer & Dan Hafner
  • Libuha Family
  • Madeleine Warns

Silent Auction Donors:

2nd Street Bistro, Cris Adams, Tina Adams, Lisa Jill Allison, Backus Museum, Nan Billings, Mimi Brown, Miriam & Peter Charles, Coastal Comforts, Coffman Collection, Sam & Allie Comer, Jim & R. L. Davenport, Chris Donohue, Wendy Dwyer, Susan Edwards, G. Alan Jewelers, Gafford Restaurant, Gardner Lock Shop, Gator Trace, Gerd Hambsch, Harbour Ridge, Heathcote Board of Trustees, Carl & Kathryn Hensley, Sherry Horton, Linda Hudson, Islamorada Beer Co., Suzanne Jensen, Jetson, Kemp Shoe,  SalonKilwins, Diane Kimes, Mitch Kloorfain, Debbie Lanier, Larry Lee, Jr., Laser Slim Body Spa, Lindsay Hager Designs, Ann Marie Loveridge, Lyric Theatre, Madison Estate Gallery, Lana McClain ,Maureen Melvin, Nails by Sabrina, Nutrition World, Greg Oarvec, Peter’s Steakhouse, ,Quail Creek, Jane Rowley, Save the Chimps, Seoul Gardens, Jack Shelton, Sunrise Theatre, Talk of the Town, Varsity Sports Shop, Bob & Laurie Wade, Madeleine Warns, Wellness Wise, Inc., John Wilson, Theresa Wyres, Clay Yates, Your Body Bliss

Save the Chimps

8th Annual Bonsai Bash Live Auction Items


Bonsai Bash Fundraiser Event

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the live auction items that we have for you to bid on at the Bonsai Bash Saturday February 24th, 2018!

Save the ChimpsJack Shelton Woodturner
Dinner PartyLarry Lee

Save the Chimps – Six Tickets to Member Day Tour.

Tours at Save The Chimps tours are strictly limited to members and tours occur twice annually.

Save the Chimps is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry, and the pet trade.

Jack Shelton Wood Item – made from African Blood Wood

Secured from Fairchild Botanical Garden after Hurricane Andrew. Base is cedar wood root. Jack Shelton is an internationally known wood artist.

Dinner for 8 at Miriam and Peter Charles’ Home

A treat is in store for the winner of this item. Miriam is an excellent cook and Peter a charming host. Located on the beautiful Indian River Lagoon in St. Lucie Village, their home and gardens are a delight for the eyes.

Lunch with State Representative Larry Lee, Jr.

Representative Lee is a St. Lucie County native and State Farm Agent who is active in many local initiatives including It Takes a Village and the Tuesday after school program in the park with Scott VanDuzer.

Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Bash Fundraiser

Saturday, February 24, 2018 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Bonsai Bash Fundraiser Event

Join us at Heathcote’s BONSAI BASH fundraiser where East meets West!

Cocktails, Silent Auction, Tastings-by-the-bite, music by the the Ft. Pierce Jazz & Blues Society’s Sunrise Party Band and more in the Bonsai Gallery and on the Main Lawn. Proceeds from the event sustain the treasured James Smith Bonsai Collection and the educational programs of Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

R.S.V.P. by February 15, 2018
Reserved table of eight $700.
Reserved seating $100 per person.
$50 per person general admission.

Tickets are available in the gift shop or online HERE

Call 772-464-4672 for more information.

Online ticket sales

VOLUNTEER Information
Register online to volunteer for the Bonsai Bash HERE
Download a printable registration form and view job descriptions HERE

Win “The Sunny Side” mosaic by Anita Prentice

Anita Prentice Mosaic

Anita Prentice Mosaic “The Sunny Side”

Framed mosaic donated by artist extraordinaire
ANITA PRENTICE To benefit Heathcote Botanical Gardens


TICKET DONATION: $10 ea. or three for $25

Tickets are available in the Gift Shop and Heathcote’s office as well as at the Bonsai Bash on February 24th.

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.


  • 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