Upcoming Events

CANCELED – Wilmot Gardens’ Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

Regretfully, we have decided to cancel the Volunteer Appreciation Potluck scheduled for this upcoming Friday, March 23. This is a busy time of year for all and unfortunately, many volunteers were unable to attend. We greatly appreciate all that our volunteers make possible and will reschedule this event for a later date in hopes that more people can participate. Thank you for your continued support of the Wilmot Gardens. We will be in touch soon!


WHEN:       TBD
WHERE:     Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens
                   1427 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville, FL 32610
WHO:         Volunteers in the gardens & the therapeutic horticulture program.


For additional information about the event or to RSVP contact at Jackie Hart at or (352) 294-5467.


2018 Spring Plant Sale

WHEN:       Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 2018 .
                   Friday Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                   Saturday Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:     Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens
                   1427 Gale Lemerand Drive, Gainesville, FL 32610
WHO:         Open to the public and free of charge.


The third annual Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Gardens will take place in the greenhouse and surrounding grounds on Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the sale support the Wilmot Gardens and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Shoppers will find a wide variety of options, including herbs, vegetables, succulents, annuals, perennials, and much more! A variety of decorative garden containers, plant terrariums, and plant-related crafts will also be offered.
For more information contact Bailey Hillman at or (352) 273-5832.


Click here to download the event flyer for printing or sharing!

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 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.