Volunteer Recruitment

Join Heathcote’s Volunteers

Your Talents, Enthusiasm and Time are needed!

Join Heathcote’s CoHort volunteers who donate more than 12,700 hours of their time every year, making important and valued contributions to our programs, events, and development.

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.

We are currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming
Bonsai Bash fundraiser.

Bonsai Bash Fundraiser Event

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our volunteers for the upcoming Bonsai Bash!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/hhpirbs
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually. volunteer@heathcotebotanicalgardens.org

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 info@heathcotebotanicalgardens.org.

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Coffee with CoHorts – Volunteer Orientation

Third Thursdays of each Month (February 15th this month) at 10:00 a.m.: Find out more about what opportunities there are for you at the Garden. Everyone is invited, there are a variety of Volunteer Opportunities you can choose from depending on your availability, physical capabilities, skills and desired level of involvement regardless of experience.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is what it is today due to the work of numerous, dedicated volunteers. Everyone makes a difference! To RSVP, or if you can’t make it on Thurdays, call: 772-464-4672

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!

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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