We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for various age groups and interests. As a Garden CoHort, you’ll enjoy spending time with our other dedicated volunteers as well as our talented staff.
To Get Started Volunteering at Heathcote:
Download our Volunteer Application and return it to Heathcote by mail or in person. For more information or to arrange a meeting to discuss your interest in volunteering at Heathcote, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join us at Heathcote for the 31st Annual Garden Festival
FREE ADMISSION – SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday October 20th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday October 21st, 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Mark your calendar! This year’s event has been moved ahead since it conflicted with other festivals and our preparation for the Garden of Lights.
This year’s Garden-Fest includes a variety of plant and flower vendors, garden supplies, garden arts & crafts, children’s activities, refreshments, demonstrations, entertainment and more.
Join us for our very popular annual garden festival and plant sale where you’ll find an exceptional selection of plants: Exotics, natives, tropicals, palms, orchids, herbs, garden art and accessories offered by vendors from across the state—children’s activities, food and more. Get advice, ask questions or stop by to chat.
Vendors you can look forward to seeing at this year’s event are:
Our event sponsors help fund the Gardens’ year-round programs and furthers the organization’s mission to educate and inspire by providing a place of beauty and a resource for the conservation of our environment.
Your information will be listed in the program, on the website, social media and signage at the event.
1/4 pg. ad $50, 1/2 pg. ad $100, full page $200, inside or outside back cover $250
Coffee: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Heathcote’s herb collection includes many specimens ofSalvias, as well as rare and exotic plants. Call to register: 772-464-4672
Join us to kick off Heathcote Herb Society on Thursday, March 21 at 9:30 am. Enjoy a continental breakfast with herb-infused breads. Learn about the origins of Heathcote’s Herb Garden and its rare and unusual salvias. Spearheaded by Karen Gottwald, our goal is to reinvigorate the Society formed in 1994 after an herb gardening workshop brought together a diverse cadre of herb lovers.
If you are interested in joining but cannot attend Thursday’s Coffee, please let us know by calling 772-464-4672 and will add you to the List for future events and activities.
Heathcote’s Gardener, Miriam Charles, was a founding member of the Herb Society. She will share how she seeks out rare and unusual herbs and starts many of them from seed. Miriam’s particular interest is in Salvias, and you will find many lovely specimens in the Herb Garden and in Heathcote’s Color Beds.
The herbs in Heathcote’s Garden range from culinary to medicinal. Some are also sources of dyes and ornamental dried bouquets. Yarrow, Rosemary, Pennyroyal and Lavender, and the seed heads of Dill and Fennel make nice dried arrangements. Basil and Bay, in addition to their culinary uses, symbolize friendship and loyalty. Geraniums are for comfort and, of course, Rosemary is for remembrance. You may also be familiar with Rose Hips as being a source of Vitamin C. Culinary herbs provided the inspiration for the Herb Society’s cookbook, Heathcote Gems: Herb Inspired Recipes, which is available in the Gift Shop.
The statue in the Herb Garden is a representation of St. Fiacre (pron. Fee-ah-kruh), an Irish monk whose feast is celebrated in Ireland and France on September 1st. He is the patron saint of gardeners (and taxi-drivers and florists among other things).
During the Dark Ages, monasteries were repositories of learning, and it was there that Fiacre became skilled at the use of healing herbs. Bishop Faro, viewed Fiacre’s act as a gift from God and proclaimed it a miracle.
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.
Class #1: Growing Your Own Pineapples!
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.
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 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!
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.
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 mornings9:00 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.
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.
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!
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.