Site of the Crimmins Nursery in the 1930s, the 3.5 acres of gardens at Heathcote Botanical Gardens are a peaceful retreat within the city of Fort Pierce.
They offer wandering pathways through a variety of themed plantings, with many whimsical mosaic benches on which to sit and relax.
Location: Fort Pierce
Fees: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $2 ages 6-12
Open: Tue-Sat 9-5, Sundays in Nov-Apr 1-5
About the Gardens
Near the Palm and Cycad Walk is a distinctive triple-headed medusa of a cabbage palm moved from Okeechobee to Fort Pierce by oxcart in the early 1890s, and transplanted a total of four times before finding a home here.
The tranquil Japanese Garden brings together traditional elements of water, stone, and wood.
A Reflection Garden is centered on a swirling pool and adjacent to a greenhouse brimming with orchids.