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CFPACS - 12/01/2019 - Part I - Heathcote Botanical Gardens - Ft. Pierce, FL


kinzyjr

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The 2019 Holiday meet-up started at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  The gardens are roughly 5 acres and have a densely planted palm and cycad walk as well as a reflection garden full of Bonsai plants.  Our tour guide for the day was none other than @Dave-Vero.  Currently, the gardens are set up with Christmas lights and a train set under a tree as part of their Garden of Lights event.  For more information on the gardens, please visit: https://www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org/

On with the show:

Next 3 photos: The parking lot has pretty standard views for coastal central Florida; with Livistona and Roystonea in fruit, and some yuccas to stop you from parking in the mulch.

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Next 4 photos: The entrance has some more old favorites.  From there you can see some of the canopy palms in the gardens.

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Once inside, a Satakentia liukiuensis all decked out with lights.

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A look down the path shows that all of the palms are under canopy for protection.  A Dypsis decaryi is present on the right fork.

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There are bromeliads and other plants mixed in with the palms as you would expect.  What's that on the left?

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Next 2 photos: If you guessed Howea forsteriana, you are correct.  This palm seemed to attract most of the attention at the start of the tour.  There is a close-up in the second photo.

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The famed 3-headed Sabal makes an appearance in an open spot off the main path.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Our tour guide probably felt like he was herding cats trying to keep everyone from scattering under the canopy.

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Syagrus schizophylla

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Adonidia merrillii

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Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

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Chamaedorea geonomiformis

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Next 2 photos: Thrinax radiata

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Next 2 photos: A clump of Dypsis lutescens tries to hid the giant Roystonea regia behind it.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii in fruit

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Caryota mitis

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Sabal causiarum

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Bismarckia nobilis

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Wodyetia bifurcata

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Next two photos: Coccothrinax crinita

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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What would Christmas be without a train set under the tree?

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Next 2 photos: portions of the water features with small fish in them.

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Next 3 photos: The stone paths leading toward the Bonasi garden.

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Next 5 photos: The Bonsai Garden

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Some bromeliads near the exit

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Next 7 photos: A few others you might like

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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What a bunch of photos!  I think the pair of tall Wodyetia are among the oldest I've seen.  The Garden recently received a nice Coccothrinax barbadensis.  It may go in the Bonsai Gallery.   There's a spot for Borassus.   A thriving young Copernicia baileyana unfortunately had something land on it in a hurricane, became wobbly, and suddenly died.  Here's night views of the Bonsai Gallery (the tall Sabal palmetto were part of the design) and the Rain Forest, where most of the colors change.  

 

 

 

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Fla. climate center: 100-119 days>85 F
USDA 1990 hardiness zone 9B
Current USDA hardiness zone 10a
4 km inland from Indian River; 27º N (equivalent to Brisbane)

Central Orlando's urban heat island may be warmer than us

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