2019 FALL PLANT SALE (DETAILS BELOW)
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FRIDAY PARKING — Free customer parking (follow yellow event parking signs) on Friday will be in the WBG lot adjacent to the conference center and in the Pony Field Lot diagonal across the intersection of Gale Lemerand and Mowry Road (the parking lot next to the new UF Band field). Additional metered parking is available on the bottom level of the CTRB garage (coin change required). See the attached below map for details. Handicap accessible parking spots are located around the UF Health Medical Plaza. Customers who do not park in the designated areas will not receive parking vouchers to waive the parking garage fee ($10).
SATURDAY PARKING – On weekends, brown and reserved space restrictions remain in effect, but all other decal restricted areas, meters and tolls are lifted (unless otherwise posted). Most flat parking lots located around the WBG are available free of charge, including the WBG lot, the Pony Field Lot (next to the new UF Band field), and parking on the north side of the Medical Plaza. Handicap accessible parking spots are located around the UF Health Medical Plaza. Customers who do not park in the designated areas will not receive parking vouchers to waive the parking garage fee ($10).
Parking attendants will be available to answer questions. Parking vouchers for the nearby parking garages will not be supplied to customers.
2019 Camellia Pre-Order
The Camellia pre-orders are closed as of Friday, November 15th, 2019. Camellia pre-orders can be picked up during the Fall Plant Sale on Friday or Saturday. Please follow the signs indicating “Camellia Pre-Order Pick-Up” near the cashier station to retrieve your plants.
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.