Volume 4, Issue 3                                                             August 30, 2019

Dr. C. Craig Tisher

From the Director's Desk:

Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Excitement is building on the UF campus as we begin the new academic year. Some ongoing as well as new initiatives to enhance the Wilmot Botanical Gardens will also commence very soon. Resumption of the camellia relocation project initiated in 2018 will begin in mid to late October with the onset of cooler weather. We anticipate that another 90 camellias …


2019 Therapeutic Garden Grant Finalist!

The Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Botanical Gardens is one of the three finalists for the 2019 Therapeutic Garden Grant sponsored by the National Garden Bureau (NGB). All finalists must submit a short video to be posted for online voting to determine the final award levels. Be sure to visit the NGB website starting Sept. 9th to cast your vote!

In the early 1700s the world's most famous botanist at the time, Linnaeus, who devised the binomial system of classifying plants, gave the name CAMELLIA to those plants that were first found flourishing in their native state on the islands of Japan.

Dr. Charles Guy

Human Health & Plants Research:

Can Gardening Improve Your Cognitive Functions and Memory?

The therapeutic benefits of gardening on cognition have been suggested in several studies across a range of populations including the elderly and those displaying cognitive impairments. Given that gardening appears to improve cognitive performance and memory, Park and colleagues (2019) conducted a study to determine the effects of gardening physical activity on the levels of brain nerve growth factors present …


Leah Diehl

Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

It’s been a pretty quiet summer at the therapeutic horticulture greenhouse – because of the uncomfortable heat and humidity we take a summer hiatus from therapeutic horticulture activities. Most of the plants don’t like it either so we try to decrease our stock as much as possible through plant sales, garden transplants, and inevitably, a small amount of plant loss. …


What's in bloom?

Passiflora incarnata

Commonly known as purple passion flower, this fast-growing flowering vine is a showy Florida native perennial that attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.



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