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Wilmot Gardens Receives Beautification Award

The City of Gainesville presented Wilmot Gardens with a 2012 Beautification Award on April 25.    

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The Wilmot Gardens Restoration Project

Wilmot receives its UF Historical Marker March 20, 2009.There is a very special endeavor underway on five acres just north of the Shands Medical Plaza in Gainesville, Florida. The area known as Wilmot Gardens represents one of the University of Florida’s earliest horticultural efforts. Wilmot Gardens is a unique place, originally developed to honor Royal J. “Roy” Wilmot, a UF horticulturalist. The gardens were initially planted with camellias and azaleas, two species that Roy Wilmot had spent years propagating and perfecting. Today, Wilmot Gardens is being restored to become a healing and meditation garden for patients, students, faculty and staff and the greater Gainesville community. The vision for Wilmot Gardens honors Roy Wilmot’s original work while expanding the variety of plant species and other attractions within the site. Wilmot Gardens has enormous potential to become a place of physical and spiritual healing and beauty that is highly accessible to patients of UF and Shands and their families. With your help, Wilmot Gardens can also become a place for celebration of all of life’s events, and a wonderful community gathering point. These five acres provide a vital educational environment as well – literally, a living classroom – for students, gardeners, and nature lovers


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“Wilmot Gardens, named for Mr. Royal James Wilmot (founder of the American Camellia Society), once featured the most camellia varieties of any public garden in the country.” – Susannah Peddie, […]

Restoring Wilmot Gardens

“Fortunately some folks at UF saw the value of the space that once held “the largest publicly owned camellia collection inthe United States” and efforts are underway to restore the […]

Master Gardeners Restore Beauty To Wilmot Gardens

“Wilmot Gardens is a great example of the history of horticulture are the University of Florida campus”, said Wendy Wilber, Alachua Country urban horticulture extension agent.  “Master Gardeners are helping […]

Garden Springs to Life as Renewed Community Sanctuary

“Various pieces of literature, art and songs have a “forgotten garden” theme, and there’s no need to look far to find the University of Florida’s own forgotten garden.  It was […]

Creating a Peaceful Place To Come To

“College of Medicine Dean Craig Tisher has big plans to restore Wilmot Gardens to its former glory, for the enjoyment of patients and Health Science Center staff.” – Tom Fortner, HSC Columnist […]

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