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