2019 Spring Plant Sale

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13, 2019
HOURS: Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
               Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens (UF campus)
                1427 Gale Lemerand Drive
                Gainesville, FL 32610
CONTACT: (352) 294-5467
PAYMENT: Cash, check, and credit cards accepted
PARKING: Free parking available (follow event parking signage)
2019 Spring Plant Sale

The fourth annual Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Botanical Gardens will take place in the greenhouse and surrounding grounds on Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plant lovers will find both sought after collectibles and popular favorites. Available plants highlighted in the sale will include succulents, perennials, annuals, herbs, edibles, tropical houseplants, and much more. In the greenhouse foyer, shoppers can browse a variety of terrariums and plant crafts, many of which were created by participants in the therapeutic horticulture program. Knowledgeable staff members and volunteers, many of which are Master Gardeners or horticulture students, will be available during the sale to provide recommendations and answer questions.

Completing the restoration and enhancement of the Wilmot Botanical Gardens is a substantial initiative and financial resources are one of our most precious commodities. The gardens and therapeutic horticulture program are primarily supported by profits generated by semi-annual plant sales, private donations, and grants. All proceeds generated at the sale are used to sustain the gardens and programs.

Admission to the sale is free and cash, check, and credit card payments will be accepted. Those who work on campus are encouraged to visit at lunch or before leaving campus on Friday afternoon. Friday parking will be available at the Wilmot Botanical Gardens’ parking lot located at the southeast corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Mowry Road. Overflow parking will be directed to the CTRB parking garage located just north of the gardens. Follow the sale parking signage to be directed to the free parking. Parking and loading attendants will be stationed in the area to assist as needed. For additional information about the sale contact (352) 294-5467 or

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Spring Plant Sale!


Annual Events

Wilmot Gardens hosts several key events throughout the year, such as the spring and fall plant sales and the Hippocratic Award Ceremony.

Wilmot GardensPlant Sales

Each fall and spring Wilmot Botanical Gardens hosts a plant sale with a tremendous variety of camellias, succulents, herbs, coleus, ornamental grasses, amaryllis, bromeliads, elk and staghorn ferns and much more. All proceeds from these sales support Wilmot Gardens and the therapeutic horticulture program.


The class of 2015 presents the Hippocratic Award to faculty member who represents the ideal role model and embodies professionalism, humanism and teaching prowess.

Hippocratic Award Ceremony

Established by the UF College of Medicine class of 1969, the Hippocratic Award is presented annually by members of the medical school graduating class to a faculty member whom they believe represents the ideal physician and embodies professionalism, humanism and teaching prowess.  The word “hippocratic” refers to the Greek father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, who was known for his teaching and contributions to medicine.

Award recipients were initially recognized on a plaque in front of UF Health Shands Hospital near a sycamore tree given to the College of Medicine by the Greek minister of agriculture in 1969.  According to legend, this tree, known as the Hippocratic Tree, was a cutting from a tree under which Hippocrates taught medicine on the Greek island of Kos.

In 2010, the College of Medicine moved the award ceremony to a permanent location in Wilmot Gardens and planted a cutting from the original tree, located in front of UF Health Shands Hospital, at the new site. Today, the sapling is thriving and the gardens feature a new plaque to which the name of each new recipient is added annually.

Visit the official Hippocratic Award site here for a full list of recipients.