Upcoming Events

Volunteer Group Workdays

Saturday Workdays

Bring a friend or a co-worker and volunteer at Wilmot Botanical Gardens! We offer Saturday group workdays once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Volunteers should plan to be here from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fall 2022 Saturday Group Workday Schedule
Saturday, September 24th, 2022 – FULL
Saturday, October 29th 2022 – FULL
Saturday, November 12th 2022 – FULL
Saturday, December 3rd , 2022 – FULL

Student workday volunteers laying sod

Questions? Please call (352) 273-5832 or email:

Annual Events


Plant 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 Botanical Gardens and the therapeutic horticulture program.

Hippocratic Award Ceremony
The class of 2015 presents the Hippocratic Award to a 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 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 website for a full list of recipients.