Volume 4, Issue 1                                                December 18, 2019

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

In our May 2018 quarterly newsletter I announced that the University of Florida had made arrangements to acquire approximately 680 camellias from the former Gordy family garden located a short distance northwest of Ocala, Florida. In November of 2018 we began the enormous task of relocating these mature cultivars to UF. Because of their size, all of the camellias ...


The camellia relocation project is now well underway. Be sure to read the Director's Message above for the full project update or we encourage you to swing by the gardens to view the progress in person!

The very popular japonica camellia, Pink Perfection, was introduced into the United States in Sacramento, California from Japan in 1875. Its original Japanese name is Otome-Tsubaki. Our thanks to Gene Phillips for this interesting historical vignette.

The 4th annual Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to get inspired and pick up some new plants for your landscape or home. The sale will include perennials, annuals, succulents, tropical houseplants, herbs, edibles, plant terrariums, holiday crafts, and much more! All proceeds are used to maintain the historic Wilmot Botanical Gardens and to sustain the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Admission is free and cash, check, and credit card payments will be accepted. Parking signage will be posted to direct traffic to free parking and attendants will be available for assistance.

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


Sydney Byers

Volunteer Spotlight:

Sydney Byers

Sydney Byers is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida currently studying psychology on the pre-med educational track. On course to graduate in December, Sydney has been an active volunteer in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens for the past two years during her undergraduate studies. After graduation she plans to continue to volunteer in the gardens while applying to medical schools ...


Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

Greetings from the Greenhouse! Our spring programming is off to a great start, and we are happy to welcome a new group to the therapeutic horticulture program. This semester we started a women veterans group and it is a small but growing assemblage of wonderful women who are keen to learn more about horticulture. They have already planted seeds, stem …


Charlie Guy

Human Health & Plants Research:

Lifestyle, Gardening and Dementia

Dementia has been estimated to afflict about six million in the United States in 2018 and is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050. Worldwide, the economic cost of dementia is estimated to be approaching one trillion dollars annually while also creating devastating personal and family hardships.  Numerous studies have shown a lifestyle that includes regular cognitive and physical …


What's in bloom?

Camellia japonica 'Margaret Davis'

One of our recent transplants from the Gordy camellia collection, Margaret Davis, seems to be performing well in its new location on the eastern edge of the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.


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