News & Milestones

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

May 1st, 2018

In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, I am pleased to share with you some very exciting news. Arrangements have now been completed for the University of Florida to acquire […]

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

May 1st, 2018

Our spring plant sale was a tremendous success and I have to credit that in large part to the outstanding work our many program groups contributed. Each of our therapeutic […]

Erin Alvarez

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Alvarez

May 1st, 2018

Native Floridian Erin Alvarez comes from a multi-generational family of gardeners. She describes her relationship with nature as starting “at birth” and has been gardening with her family for as […]

Human Health & Plants Research: <br>Horticultural Therapy and Schizophrenia

Human Health & Plants Research:
Horticultural Therapy and Schizophrenia

May 1st, 2018

A newly published study in 2018 reported that horticultural therapy (HT) resulted in improvement of the psychopathological status of patients with chronic schizophrenia. A total of 28 schizophrenia patients were […]

ASD Program Update

ASD Program Update

Jan 31st, 2018

Greetings from the ASD Job Skills Training Program! I began the Fall semester at the National Autism Association Conference in New Orleans. It was an honor of a lifetime to meet […]

Peg Richardson

Artist in Residence Joins Wilmot Gardens

Jan 31st, 2018

Wilmot Gardens is pleased to announce that Peg Richardson will be joining the team as the first “Artist in Residence”. She has set up a modest studio space and gallery […]

Human Health & Plants Research: What Happens When We View Pictures of Cityscapes and Garden Landscapes?

Human Health & Plants Research: What Happens When We View Pictures of Cityscapes and Garden Landscapes?

Jan 31st, 2018

A small study was conducted in Korea with 18 young adults consisting of nine women and nine men. The research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public […]

Ray Odeh

Volunteer Spotlight: Ray Odeh

Jan 31st, 2018

During high school, in the hopes of qualifying for the Bright Futures scholarship program, Ray Odeh began looking for service opportunities in his local community of Sarasota, Florida. He volunteered […]

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Jan 31st, 2018

For many of us 2018 is off to a wet and very chilly start. As I glance across the gardens from the conference center this morning, freeze cloth dominates much […]

Volunteer Spotlight:
John Bean

Oct 31st, 2017

Since joining Wilmot Gardens as a regular volunteer in May of 2016, John Bean has dedicated over 1,000 hours to the improvement and maintenance of the gardens. John now spends […]

Fall 2017 ASD Program Update

Fall 2017 ASD Program Update

Oct 31st, 2017

As the newest member of the Wilmot Gardens team, I feel I’ve found my home. I’ve always felt that nature, particularly water and plants, have a healing power. I’ve witnessed […]

Nature at Work and at Home and Employee Well-being

Nature at Work and at Home and Employee Well-being

Oct 31st, 2017

A 2017 study by Korpela and colleagues published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning explored how different forms of exposure to nature at work and at home influenced employee […]

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Oct 31st, 2017

Despite the persistent warm temperatures in Gainesville, summer has come to an end and we have started our fall programming. It’s been great to see familiar faces as well as […]

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Oct 31st, 2017

Hurricane Irma has come and gone and those of us associated with the Wilmot Gardens have been able to breathe a giant sigh of relief. With one but very important […]

Volunteer Spotlight:
Kim Lepore

Jul 28th, 2017

In December of 2013, Kim Lepore was busy finalizing her studies with the IFAS Florida Master Gardener program. At a tabling event focused on connecting burgeoning master gardeners with local […]

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Jul 28th, 2017

Greetings from the Greenhouse! Once our therapeutic horticulture (TH) programming ends in May, the greenhouse tends to quiet down quite a bit. We still get many summer visitors wandering in […]

Human Health and Plants Research: Health Benefits of Nearby Nature

Human Health and Plants Research: Health Benefits of Nearby Nature

Jul 28th, 2017

A study published in 2017 by Cox and colleagues, reported remarkable multiple health benefits of nearby nature, such as having a private garden or the amount of neighborhood vegetation cover. […]

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Jul 28th, 2017

In 2012, our team at the Wilmot Gardens initiated a patient care program, therapeutic horticulture. Since that time, the program under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl ably assisted […]

Human Health and Plants Research: Horticultural Therapy, Dementia and Mental Health

Human Health and Plants Research: Horticultural Therapy, Dementia and Mental Health

Apr 28th, 2017

A new study on horticultural therapy (HT) and mental health published in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health in 2017, isn’t a traditional singular study, but a systematic evaluation […]

Diehl Receives Champions for Change Award

Apr 28th, 2017

On April 12, 2017, in coordination with UF Campus Earth Day, Elizabeth (Leah) Diehl, the director of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at the Greenhouse at Wilmot Gardens, was awarded the […]

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Apr 28th, 2017

Late winter and early spring are a wonderful time in the greenhouse. First, the temperature inside is warm and a bit balmy, even though the weather on the other side […]

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

From the Director’s Desk: Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Apr 28th, 2017

On February 24, 2017, another milestone was reached at the Wilmot Gardens, the dedication and official opening of the Chapman Healing Garden. Also, on this same date, the Richard C. […]

Volunteer Spotlight: John Brunner

Volunteer Spotlight: John Brunner

Apr 28th, 2017

After retiring from 22 years of service in the United States Navy, John Brunner settled in Gainesville where he attended the University of Florida as a Post Graduate student in […]

Wilmot Gardens’ Second Annual Spring Plant Sale

Mar 13th, 2017

The second annual Spring Plant Sale at Wilmot Gardens will take place in the greenhouse and surrounding grounds on Friday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, […]

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Awarded UF Medical Guild Grant

Therapeutic Horticulture Program Awarded UF Medical Guild Grant

Jan 18th, 2017

The Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Gardens, directed by Elizabeth Diehl, registered horticultural therapist, received a $3,000 grant from the University of Florida Medical Guild in September. The mission of […]