Upcoming Events

Fall Greenhouse Plant Sale – Dec. 1 & 2

The third annual Fall Greenhouse Plant Sale will take place on Friday, December 1st, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Available ornamental plants will include Christmas cactus, anthurium, lavender, succulents, seasonal plant gifts and much more.

Completing the restoration and enhancement of Wilmot Gardens is a substantial initiative and financial resources are one of the most precious commodities. Wilmot Gardens receives limited financial assistance from the University of Florida and is primarily supported by the contributions of donors and profits generated by semi-annual plant sales. All proceeds generated at the plant sales are used towards maintenance of the gardens and to sustain the therapeutic horticulture program.

Admission to the sale is free and cash or check payments will be accepted. Weekend parking is free on campus for all surface lots. Parking signage will be posted to direct traffic to free parking and parking and loading attendants will be available for assistance as needed. Wilmot Gardens’ greenhouse is located at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Mowry Road on the main campus of the University of Florida at 1427 Gale Lemerand Drive on the university’s main campus.

For additional information about the plant sale contact at (352) 273-5832 or


Volunteer Workdays

  • Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Groups or individuals welcome! No gardening experience required.

For more information about the Volunteer Workdays or to register for an event, contact the business manager at or (352) 273-5832.


Annual Events

Wilmot Gardens hosts several key events throughout the year, such as the spring and fall plant sales and the Hippocratic Award Ceremony.

Wilmot GardensPlant Sales

Each fall and spring Wilmot Gardens hosts a plant sale with a tremendous variety of camellias, succulents, herbs, coleus, ornamental grasses, amaryllis, bromeliads, elk and staghorn ferns and much more. All proceeds from these sales support Wilmot Gardens and the therapeutic horticulture program.



The class of 2015 presents the Hippocratic Award to faculty member who represents the ideal role model and embodies professionalism, humanism and teaching prowess.

Hippocratic Award Ceremony

Established by the UF College of Medicine class of 1969, the Hippocratic Award is presented annually by members of the medical school graduating class to a faculty member whom they believe represents the ideal physician and embodies professionalism, humanism and teaching prowess.  The word “hippocratic” refers to the Greek father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, who was known for his teaching and contributions to medicine.

Award recipients were initially recognized on a plaque in front of UF Health Shands Hospital near a sycamore tree given to the College of Medicine by the Greek minister of agriculture in 1969.  According to legend, this tree, known as the Hippocratic Tree, was a cutting from a tree under which Hippocrates taught medicine on the Greek island of Kos.

In 2010, the College of Medicine moved the award ceremony to a permanent location in Wilmot Gardens and planted a cutting from the original tree, located in front of UF Health Shands Hospital, at the new site. Today, the sapling is thriving and the gardens feature a new plaque to which the name of each new recipient is added annually.

Visit the official Hippocratic Award site here for a full list of recipients.