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Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

One of the reasons I love living in Florida is that I can garden and take walks outside year-round. There are many other states whose residents can benefit from nature and sunshine year-round; in fact, it’s been reported that only 1% of those living in Florida suffer from seasonal affective…

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

A key to the successful operation of the Wilmot Botanical Gardens is the conduct of routine maintenance including chores such as mowing, weeding, trimming or replacing dead plants and shrubs and keeping our irrigation system in operation. Occasionally, larger projects requiring a totally different skill set present themselves. One such…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Allison and I had the pleasure of working with a trio of interns from the Active Learning Program (ALP) this fall semester. The ALP is a program for undergraduate students at UF that pairs them with UF faculty and staff or local organizations. The goals of the program…

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

As 2021 draws to a close it seems only fitting to provide a brief review of some of the more significant events that have occurred at the gardens since last January. Some were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and, regrettably, uncertainties regarding the future still remain. One might characterize the…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

We are busy in the greenhouse this month planning and preparing for the start of our therapeutic horticulture programming. We expect to have a full slate of sessions this fall and look forward to seeing all the friendly faces of our participants and partners – we have missed…

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

In the February newsletter I began my comments by noting that the COVID-19 pandemic was raging on in many parts of the world including the United States, but with the recent availability of two vaccines against the virus with a third on the way there was hope and anticipation that…

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

We are now one month and a few days into the new year. While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in many parts of the world, the recent availability of two vaccines with a third on the way, all against the virus, brings renewed hope and anticipation that some degree of…