Hours Admission & Pet Policy


Our History

Map Of Exhibits



Meet our staff

Board of Trustees

Our mission



Heathcote was beautiful and amazing! Walking through it was like being in an oasis. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves flowers. – Todd F. from Heathcote’s TripAdvisor page.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens consists of an assortment of specialty gardens including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Display, Native Plants Garden, Secret Garden and a Palm & Cycad Walk. These areas convey an atmosphere of individual garden rooms. Through this type of garden design, you will sense the intimacy of this unique botanical garden. Gracing the areas in between these specialty gardens are borders of flowering shrubs, bulbs, trees, vines and other assorted herbaceous plants. Niches found throughout the garden provide varied microclimates, which allows the use of a wide variety of plants ranging from those found in Mediterranean climates to the Tropics.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens is located on the southeast coast of Florida, in USDA PLANT HARDINESS zone 10A, and has both native Florida flora as well as exotic flora from around the world. It is uniquely situated in a biological transition zone between a warm-temperate zone to the north and a subtropical zone to the south. A transition zone contains species that are characteristic of the adjacent region to its north and south, as well as species that occur only in the transition zone. In the botanical world this is advantageous because it allows for greater diversity, which means that one may grow many kinds of plants from around the world that live under conditions associated with three climatic zones.

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Heathcote Shares a Rich History with the Treasure Coast

Our labeled, plant collections are both grouped in specific areas in the Garden and dispersed throughout the Garden. Other plants of interest that tend to capture many of our visitors’ eyes and spark numerous inquiries have also been labeled. Labeling helps the local Garden visitor determine what plants they have in their own Florida home landscapes or what plants they may want to add. Visitors from all over the US and the world find the information on the plant labels interesting and helpful.

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Hours of Admission

The Gift Shop is open during normal operating hours
10 am-4 pm

Sunday – Closed May through October
Reopen Sundays the 1st Sunday of November 12-4 pm

Monday – Closed

  • Closed Most Major Holidays
  • If you are unsure or if there is an inclement weather forecast, call ahead to check that we are open when you plan to visit.
  • Call: 772-464-4672

Cost of Admission

  • $10 Adults – $8 Seniors (65+)

  • $3 Ages 6 to 12 (Children Under 6 Free)
  • Free for Members, Veterans, and Retired & Active First Responders with I.D. (excluding special fundraisers)

  • Handicap Accessible – Wheelchairs Available
Virtual Tour of the Gardens

Dogs are welcome at Heathcote!

Pet Policy

*Please note during Garden Of Lights pets are not permitted. Heathcote Botanical Gardens is a Pet-Friendly facility*. Well-behaved pets are welcome and should be leashed at all times while on Heathcote property. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and for any damage caused by their pets. Welcome and thanks for being a responsible pet owner!


A plant nursery on Heathcote Street in Scarsdale, New York, was the earliest seed of what has grown and blossomed into Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

Like many New Yorkers, the business was transplanted to Florida. In 1960 owners Jim and Mollie Crimmins moved the business from its original Florida location on west Orange Avenue to its current Fort Pierce site on Savannah Road.

Then in 1967 the Crimmins moved their family home from Delaware Avenue to the nursery site. Now known as Heathcote House, the Crimmins’ home was built around 1922.

Today the Frame Vernacular Style structure sits graciously amid old live oaks. Its second floor balcony, Dade County pine floors, and quaint fireplace all add to its charm. It presently houses administrative offices. In 2001 the City Commission passed a resolution to designate it as a Historically Significant Site based on its architectural characteristics and ties to the life of the community.

At the heart of Heathcote is its historical house, now serving as administrative offices.

Jan Bals, Laura Baker, Gloria Moore, Norma Axx, Peggy Berg

When the Crimmins retired, they put the property up for sale. A group of concerned citizens led by Gloria Moore, Chris Haynes, Jan Bals, Norma Carsens, Laura Baker, Gloria Rooks and Peggy Berg saw the unique beauty of the spot and worked hard to preserve it as a public botanical garden. Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc., was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit; and in 1986 the property was purchased with private donations raised by Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Inc., and grants from the state, county, and city.

Today the non-profit continues to maintain and operate the Gardens and carry forward its mission.

Member Benefits

Memberships start at just $45 per year and Heathcote members enjoy a variety of benefits…



Download and print our high-resolution Printable Map.


For a unique shopping experience visit Heathcote Botanical Gardens’ Gift Shop! Anyone may shop the garden gift shop regardless of garden admission. The Gift Shop is the first building you will come to when entering the Gardens and the last building when exiting the Gardens. This is also where you will pay your admission fee to the Gardens and receive the self-guided tour map, along with a Garden brochure.

All Gardens Members receive a 10% discount on all Gift Shop purchases. (Some exclusions may apply)

The Gift Shop is open 10 am-4 pm during operational hours and some special events

Some merchandise you will find in the Garden Gift Shop includes:

  • Children’s nature-related games, shirts, books, toys and trinkets
  • Botanical t-shirts
  • Locally hand-crafted jewelry
  • Brilliantly-glazed pottery
  • Florida gardening and plant books
  • Local artists’ prints
  • Easy-to-use gardening tools, special sunscreen and waterproof gloves
  • Unusual greeting cards and note cards
  • Natural soaps
  • Decorative garden ornaments.


Yes! I want to reserve a Guided Group Tour!

You can experience Heathcote by using our self-guided tour map, which you will receive at admissions, or you can make arrangements for a guided group tour by scheduling at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Guided Tours are conducted Monday-Friday throughout the year.
There must be at least 6 people in a group for a guided group tour to be scheduled.

Cost for a guided group tour is $13.00/adults; Children 6-12 is $3.00.


or call 772-464-4672

Garden Tours

Heathcote Co-Hort Nan Billings giving a tour for some residents from the Port St. Lucie Nursing Home and Restorative Care Center.

Meet Our Staff

Vicki HoyosExecutive Director
Tara ScarpignatoEvents & Marketing Coordinator
Sara WalpoleLead Horticulturist
Kim BaumgardnerCommunity Liaison
Patti DescutnerGarden Assistant
Sonja JemisonGarden Assistant
George JohansenMaintenance

Board of Trustees

Heathcote’s Board of Trustees

  • Cris Adams – President
  • Dr. Madeleine Warns – Vice President
  • Esperanza Morales – Treasurer

  • Lana McClain – Secretary
  • Sam Comer
  • Alan Edelstein
  • Bud Eskola

  • Rick Gromis

  • Marcia Haines
  • David Hall
  • Carl Hensley

Guzmanija lingulata bromeliad


The mission of Heathcote Botanical Gardens is to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and to serve as a resource for the conservation of our environment.



210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs

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Hours of Admission

Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday – Closed May  to October
Reopen Sundays 1st Sunday in November 12-4 pm

Monday – Closed

  • Closed Most Major Holidays
  • If you are unsure or if there is an inclement weather forecast, call ahead to check that we are open when you plan to visit.
  • Heathcote Botanical Gardens observes social distancing and strongly recommends visitors wear a mask, particularly when within 6 feet of another person. Let’s all stay safe!

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