Volume 3, Issue 4                                                    November 8, 2018

From the Director's Desk:

Thoughts of a Weed Puller

What is in a name? Over the past 66 years the Wilmot Gardens has been in existence, it has gone through several name changes. When it was planned originally in 1950 following the death of Royal James “Roy” Wilmot, the originators of the gardens, that is the members of the Gainesville Men’s Garden Club, envisioned the creation of a memorial garden. Early correspondence referred to the project as the Wilmot Memorial Garden. Newspaper articles reporting the dedication ceremony ...

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The 2019 convention of the American Camellia Society will be held February 15-18 in Mobile, Alabama.

The 4th annual Fall Plant Sale at Wilmot Gardens is the perfect place to get inspired and pick up some new plants for your landscape or home. The Camellia Pre-Order will begin October 1 and end November 16. Pre-ordered plants can be picked up at the main event on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The sale will include camellias, Christmas cacti, succulents, tropical houseplants, plant terrariums, holiday crafts, and much more. All proceeds are used to maintain the historic Wilmot Gardens and to sustain the therapeutic horticulture program. Admission is free and cash, check, and credit card payments are accepted. Parking signage will be posted to direct traffic to free parking and attendants will be available for assistance. The Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens is located at 1427 Gale Lemerand Drive. Contact bahillman@ufl.edu or (352) 273-5832 with questions or concerns.

Want to learn more about the camellias available for pre-order?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRE-ORDER GUIDE

Ready to place your camellia pre-order?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRE-ORDER FORM

Want to download our plant sale flyer?

Please help us spread the word by posting in the community!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SALE FLYER

Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

The cool weather is rolling into town and the greenhouse is finally becoming a pleasant place to work! Our extended summer has tested the tenacity of both people and plants, and I’m glad to say that our therapeutic horticulture community has prevailed. The payoff is now many months in the greenhouse of wonderful temperatures, clean air, and what I like …

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Volunteer Spotlight:

Kathleen Violet Grey

In 2014, Kathleen Violet Grey and her husband, Michael Hitchcock, were visiting the UF Health Cancer Center for an appointment when they noticed an advertisement for a cancer patient program in the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Gardens. Grey, who was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010, was intrigued. Having seen the Wilmot Gardens’ greenhouse located just north of the medical facility during their visits, they decided to inquire further. "What piqued my interest was that I drove past the greenhouse every time I went to treatment, and I would see people there working and I would say to Michael that I would love to work in there and learn more ...

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Human Health & Plants Research: Horticultural Therapy and Middle-aged Women's Depression, Anxiety and Self-Identity

There is a growing awareness that middle-aged women disproportionately experience depression and anxiety. In South Korea, the occurrence of patients with depression increased by 12 percent from 2011 to 2015, and women ages 50-60 accounted for two-thirds of those cases. Kim and Park (2018) conducted a study to investigate possible therapeutic outcomes of a horticultural therapy (HT) program with a population of 36 women ages ...

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What's in bloom?

Thought to have originated in Asia, the tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is what's commonly seen in garden centers and landscapes in Florida. Although a perennial in Gainesville, the blooms definitely evoke thoughts of a truly tropical climate. 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TROPICAL HIBISCUS

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