Volume 3, Issue 2                                                                         May 1, 2018

From the Director's Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, I am pleased to share with you some very exciting news. Arrangements have now been completed for the University of Florida to acquire approximately one-half of the original Gordy camellia collection located a short distance northwest of Ocala, Florida.  Approximately 675 specimens will be relocated to the UF campus over the next 3 years, of which 100 will be added to the 300 camellias currently growing in the Wilmot ... 


The largest camellia collection in North America composed of 15,000-30,000 plants and more than 700 cultivars resides in the Descanso Gardens located in the San Rafael hills near La Canada Flintridge, CA.

Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

Our spring plant sale was a tremendous success and I have to credit that in large part to the outstanding work our many program groups contributed. Each of our therapeutic horticulture groups planted seeds, transplanted seedlings and plugs, watered and fertilized the crops, and made sure they thrived. They also made trellises for the plants that needed them, pinched back …


Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Alvarez

Native Floridian Erin Alvarez comes from a multi-generational family of gardeners. She describes her relationship with nature as starting “at birth” and has been gardening with her family for as long as she can recall. “In gardening, my biggest inspiration would have to be my mom, no doubt, and her grandmother, my great-grandmother,” said Alvarez, who reminiscences about visiting the …


Human Health & Plants Research: Horticultural Therapy and Schizophrenia

A newly published study in 2018 reported that horticultural therapy (HT) resulted in improvement of the psychopathological status of patients with chronic schizophrenia. A total of 28 schizophrenia patients were enrolled in the study. Participants were voluntarily assigned to either the control or the HT treatment group. The HT treatment consisted of two-hour horticultural activities once each week for ten weeks conducted …


What's in bloom?


Spring is upon us and the African Iris (sometimes known as Butterfly Iris), a clumping perennial, are abundant with blooms!

Click here to learn more about African Iris!