Volume 4, Issue 4                                                    November 7, 2019

Dr. C. Craig Tisher

From the Director's Desk:

Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Volunteers continue to play a major role in the maintenance and enhancement of the Wilmot Botanical Gardens. I am reminded of this fact each fall when classes resume at UF and students volunteer their time to work in the gardens. Without their help we could not maintain the gardens at their current level for our visitors to enjoy. As an …

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Please join us for the 5th annual Fall Plant Sale at Wilmot Botanical Gardens on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd. The sale will include Christmas cactus, camellias, succulents, tropical houseplants, edibles, terrariums, plant crafts, and so much more! All proceeds from the fundraiser are used to support the historic Wilmot Botanical Gardens and to sustain the Therapeutic Horticulture Program.

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Camellia pre-orders will be accepted until Friday, November 15th.

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Similar to humans, Camellia japonica has two complete and paired sets of chromosomes in each cell. In striking contrast, Camellia sasanqua has been found to have six paired sets of chromosomes. This information has been extracted from a recently published summary of a master’s thesis that appeared in the fall issue of the Camellian Vol. 45 No. 4 Autumn 2019, a quarterly publication of the Gulf Coast Camellia Society.

For the complete published thesis see:

Hembree, W.G., T.G. Renney, B.E. Jackson, and M. Weathington. 2019. Cytogenetics, ploidy, and genome sizes of Camellia and related genera. HortScience 54(7): 1124-1142.

https://mcilab.cals.ncsu.edu/files/2019/07/hembree-et-al-2019.pdf

Human Health & Plants Research:

Urban Nature Experiences Lower Physiological Indicators of Stress

There is increasing evidence that both an active or passive nature experience (NE) can reduce psychological stress (PS), and provide other psychosocial therapeutic benefits. Yet how best to define and characterize PS remains a matter of debate. Cortisol is a prominent neuroendocrine hormone that is responsive to PS. In modern social media terms, cortisol levels are not only an indicator …

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Meredith Schoppe

Volunteer Spotlight:

Meredith Schoppe

Meredith Schoppe originally became interested in volunteering in the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Botanical Gardens during her junior year of studies at the University of Florida. As an undergraduate studying speech therapy, Meredith learned of the program volunteer opportunities from members of her sorority and became particularly intrigued with the program for young adults with autism and related disabilities. …

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Leah Diehl

Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

Happy (hot) Fall! This has been an extremely extended summer season for us Floridians, and also for our plants. The greenhouse is just starting to cool down and I can see the positive effects on the plants already. Our groups are busy planting and propagating lots of things for the plant sale and for our therapeutic horticulture participants to …

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What's in bloom?

'Kiku-Toji' Camellia

Early blooming camellias, such as the 'Kiku-Toji' are starting their annual show in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens. Be sure to plan a visit this bloom season!

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