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Wilmot Botanical Gardens 2022 Fall Plant Sale Pre-Order Kickoff!!!

Wilmot Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 fall sale pre-order list! We are offering a nice variety of azaleas, camellias, native rhododendrons, grasses, shrubs and trees for pre-order. We look forward to receiving your order soon! Pre-Order packets are listed below. We will accept pre-orders…

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

Fig. 1 Labor Day is now behind us and at the gardens that means we must begin in earnest to prepare for our annual fall plant sale. This year the sale will take place on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th. Our online pre-sale offerings will begin on September…

Horticultural Therapy Worldwide

The use of nature and plants as a form of therapy is practiced all around the world. The term “horto-therapy” was first used by Richardson Wright in 1945 while the term “horticultural therapy” was introduced by Ruth Mosher in 1948 (Olszowy, 1978). Horticultural therapy as a profession is said to…

Flowers, Pollinators, and the Art of the Shade Garden

A garden visitor recently asked what plants hummingbirds like. Hummingbirds often visit our firebush, Amistad salvia, and hibiscus. Those can be found in our Lifestyle Track garden, located east of the greenhouse at Wilmot Botanical Gardens. About four years ago, we planted a pollinator garden on the east side of…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Early last fall I wrote about one of our new therapeutic horticulture programs at WBG; this one for UF students with stress and anxiety. We received a grant from the Love IV Lawrence Foundation that enabled us to create this program and based on reports on mental health concerns…

Summer is for Flowers and Lush Growth

When the summer begins in Gainesville, many of our students go home for the summer break. The town empties out, and everything quiets down for a few months. But the garden is still growing and there are many tasks to accomplish. Thankfully, we have a good roster of volunteers, an…

Tips from the Plant Prop Shop: Micropropagation: Plant Test Tube Baby Technology

Most higher plants have the capacity to reproduce sexually leading to seed formation resulting in production of genetically different offspring. Plants also have the capacity to reproduce vegetatively resulting in plants having the same genetic composition (clones). Horticulturally, vegetative propagation allows for the efficient cloning of plants while retaining…