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Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Over the past year I have been part of a team that has created and launched the Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Database (THAD), a great resource for horticultural therapists, allied professionals, and anyone interested in exploring activities that use horticulture in therapeutic ways. The THAD was spearheaded by Lesley Fleming,…

Human Health & Plants Research: Does Gardening Modify Brain Activity and Impact Emotion?

There is an enormous body of anecdotal commentary that engaging in activities with plants and gardening provides a number of psychological health and well-being benefits, such as less stress, anxiety, depressive symptomatology, and greater positive affect.  If true, then where, and how do many of the ballyhooed well-being benefits actually…

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

From my office directly across Mowry Road from the Wilmot Botanical Gardens I am able to admire the beauty of the azaleas that are in full bloom as I write my director’s message. If you are not pleased with your azaleas this spring, it could be a problem with the…

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

Now that our very successful Fall Plant Sale is behind us, we have been working on projects we hoped to conclude before the end of the year. We were extremely fortunate to receive a very generous gift from longtime supporters of the gardens that allowed us to move forward with…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

This fall we launched a research study on the effects of therapeutic horticulture for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) care partners. Thanks to Siang’s leadership in putting together the grant proposal, we received funding for a year-long project from the Parkinson’s Foundation. We are wrapping up our first semester of the study…

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

                The hot and humid weather in Gainesville generally is a prelude to the beginning of the fall semester at the University of Florida. At the Wilmot Botanical Gardens it coincides with the beginning of preparations for the annual Fall Plant Sale that this year is scheduled for Friday and…

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

We are now entering one of the most beautiful times of the year at the Wilmot Botanical Gardens. The bloom of the sasanqua and hiemalis camellias is at its peak, while many of the early blooming japonica and reticulata camellias are beginning to show color. Don’t wait too long before…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

For the past year and a half, I have been involved in the founding of the Florida Horticulture for Health Network (FLHHN). The mission of the network is to “support horticulture for health initiatives in Florida and beyond through networking, knowledge exchange, and capacity building. We believe that horticulture and nature…

Every Garden is an Experiment

Beginning gardeners are often convinced that they are only good at killing plants. Once upon a time they bought a pretty little plant in a fit of optimistic impulsiveness so they could have something beautiful, so they could feel accomplished and good at something. And then their plant died. They…