Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce

4.5
#4 of 22 in Parks in Fort Pierce
Heathcote Botanical Gardens consists of an assortment of specialty gardens including a Japanese Garden, Reflection Garden, Herb Garden, Rain-forest 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 micro-climates, which allows the use of a wide variety of plants ranging from those found in Mediterranean climates to the Tropics.

Home of the largest public tropical bonsai collection in the U.S. - The James J. Smith Bonsai Gallery, featuring 100 bonsai trees on permanent display.
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  • This botanical garden is a gem! It's footprint is small but well laid out. Lots of beautiful flowers were just coming into spring bloom. The bonsai area is serene and fascinating.  more »
  • This botanical garden started as a plant nursery in 1960 when owners Jim and Mollie Crimmins moved their business from Boca Raton to this location surrounding the historic 1922 Heathcote House. The Cr...  more »
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  • Sweet garden very close to streets and a highway but you feel like you are in a secret garden. Beautiful environment. Several times a year there are weekend plant sales which include much education. Wonderful bonsai garden-very large and one of a kind. Lovely night time Christmas light display. Must see all of this, including gift shop. Nice.
  • This is a highly recommended hidden gem for, Ft Pierce, FL. I used to live within miles, also commute from Savanah Rd (road Heathcote is on), or N&S US HWY 1...truly finds the Garden hidden, yet NOT HARD TO FIND. I have Volunteered here before, and I got to experience the gardens on a more intimate level. It is amazing behind the scenes and knowing the staffing, and others whom volunteer, have such wonderful passion and pleasure in the hard work they do. The gardens themselves are amazingly beautiful and, sorry to say, make my hometowns Port St Lucie Gardens look too "new". That is to say that Heathcote is so established in the way of age. This lends their edge over most botanical gardens near the area. They've got some REALLY aged and simply astonishing trees, plants, etc. Both exotic and natural, from orchid greenhouse to plenty of different species of plants and trees to keep your eyes open and cameras clicking. Highly recommended by me, a 40 something native to the area!

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