Hours Admission & Pet Policy

Overview

Our History

Map Of Exhibits

GIFT SHOP

Tours

Meet our staff

Board of Trustees

Our mission

Contact

SINCE 1960, HEATHCOTE HAS BEEN THE SOURCE OF EDUCATION, ACTIVITIES AND GENEROUS DONATIONS.

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 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.

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, ADMISSION & PET POLICY

Hours of Admission

The Gift Shop is open, Tuesday-Saturday year round
10 am-4 pm

Sunday – Closed May to October
Reopen Sundays starting November 7th.

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.

Cost of Admission

  • $10 Adults – $8 Seniors (65+)

  • $3 Ages 6 to 12 (Children Under 6 Free)
  • Free for Members and Veterans with I.D. (excluding special fundraisers)
  • Handicap Accessible – Wheelchairs Available

Dogs are welcome at Heathcote!

Pet Policy

*Please note during special events outside of regular garden hours 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!

OUR HISTORY

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 1972 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…

MAP OF EXHIBITS

Download and print our high-resolution Printable Map.

GIFT SHOP

For a unique shopping experience visit Heathcote Botanical Garden’s 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 Garden and the last building when exiting the Garden. This is also where you will pay your admission fee to the Garden and receive the self-guided tour map, along with a Garden brochure.

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

The Gift Shop is open 10 am-4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday year round and Sundays, 12 pm-4 pm, in the months of November-April.

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.

TOURS

Yes! I want to reserve a Guided Group Tour!

You can experience Heathcote by use of 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

Philip BooneAssistant Gardener
O: 772-464-4672 ext. 101
Joan FriedmanExecutive Director
O: 772-464-4672 ext. 101
C: 402-740-8260
Vicky HoyosOperations Manager
O: 772-464-4672 ext. 101
Tom KehoeBonsai Curator
O 772-464-4672 ext. 101
C: 321-537-4784
Alisia KiferHorticultrist
Tara ScarpignatoEvents & Marketing Coordinator
O: 772-464-4672 ext. 101

Board of Trustees

Heathcote’s Board of Trustees

  • Adam Fetterman

  • Alan Edelstein
  • Carl Hensley
  • Cris Adams – President
  • David Hall
  • Dr. Madeleine Warns – Vice President
  • Esperanza Morales

  • Lana McClain – Secretary
  • Marcia Haines
  • Rick Gromis

  • Sam Comer

Guzmanija lingulata bromeliad

OUR MISSION

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.

Contact

MAP & DIRECTIONS

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 starting November 7th.

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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