Fall is a good time to visit Heathcote Botanical Gardens located at 210 Savannah Road in Ft. Pierce. Founded in 1960 by Mollie and Jim Crimmins. Meander on a brick path through a trellis to the Herb Garden. Bay Rum and Allspice Trees native to the Caribbean both used in cooking. Salvia Indigo Spires used as an herb and a Pomegranate tree native to Persia known for its health benefits.
Bonsai, a Japanese word that means “Tray Cultivation.” The Bonsai Gallery dedicated to James P. Smith, Bonsai Master. Walk along the path and admire the 100 Bonsai trees that grow in the garden. Weeping Fig Ficus, Willow Leaf Ficus, Ficus Retusa and Bougainvillea a few of the trees grown. A Japanese Pavilion on-site as part of the garden.
Many different sizes of Tillandsias air plants displayed at the entrance of the Japanese Garden. Japanese lanterns, a Dwarf Buddha’s Belly Bamboo plant and a statue of a Buddha. Stone steps form a circle to the top of the lily pond and back down again.
A replica of a 1880s Pioneer House, Children’s’ Pioneer Cabin and a Seminole chicken hut roof. Read the numerous engraved bricks donated on the main path in memory of or in honor of as you walk and admire the many flowers and trees.
Pass through the trestle to the butterfly garden. Coontie and Milkweed host plants 2 of the twelve butterfly hosts (Larval) plants in the garden. Atala a Florida butterfly, Monarch and Pipevine Swallowtail 3 of the twelve species of butterflies. White Shrimp, Periwinkle Vinca and Yellow tip three of the twenty-five nectar plants that inhabit the butterfly garden.
The Autograph, Hong Kong Orchid, White Champak and The Madagascar Olive Tree are some of the trees in the Rain Forest. Cross the bridge to view the picturesque waterfall or sit on a bench and listen to the relaxing sound the waterfall makes.
Once the doors swing open at the Reflection Garden, wash away all your cares at the reflection pond. Sit on a bench and reflect, meditate and admire the many plants that surround the garden including the Black Magic Ti Plant a plant with its dark purple foliage and the Milky Way Plant with its yellow polka dots. Entrance fees; hours and location are on the website.