Children from Baby Gator visited Wilmot Gardens as a part of their spring break activities. Elizabeth Diehl, the director of therapeutic horticulture led them through a gardening project with them in the greenhouse.

Mission of Wilmot Botanical Gardens

To preserve and enhance these historic gardens as a verdant space and living laboratory dedicated to improving people’s quality of life through patient care, education and research

The Wilmot Botanical Gardens Consortium

The Wilmot Botanical Gardens Consortium was established at the University of Florida in 2011. The entity is comprised of faculty representatives from three Colleges – Medicine, Engineering and Agricultural and Life Sciences. Staff from two healthcare systems, University of Florida Health (UF Health) and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, are actively involved in the consortium. The primary purpose of the consortium is to enhance horticultural therapy activities on the UF campus through the development of patient care, research and educational programs.

For administrative and fiscal affairs, this unit reports directly to the Dean’s Office in the College of Medicine. Dr. C. Craig Tisher serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the consortium. Operating funds for this entity are derived largely through extramural grants and philanthropy. This organization is unique in that no similar unit exists on the UF campus or at any other major university in the southeast.