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Therapeutic Horticulture: Helping People Live Better Lives

Dr. Taylor Clem, the Alachua County Environmental and Community Horticulture Extension agent, meets with Wilmot Botanical Gardens’ director of therapeutic horticulture, Leah Diehl, to discuss the therapeutic horticulture program, how the program benefits its participants and ongoing research efforts. Listen here.

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

During the past year we have all been forced to practice patience as we wait to understand more about Covid-19, vaccines, variants, and transmission, and this required patience has impacted just about every aspect of our lives. Thinking about the concept of patience reminded me of a newsletter…

Volunteer Spotlight: Shelby Kucharski

In the summer of 2020 when junior Shelby Kucharski first began volunteering at the Wilmot Botanical Gardens, she was not familiar with this unique green space nestled near the east edge of the University of Florida’s main campus. Indeed, she had only just learned of its existence when…

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

We are now one month and a few days into the new year. While the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in many parts of the world, the recent availability of two vaccines with a third on the way, all against the virus, brings renewed hope and anticipation that some degree of…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

This fall has been quiet in the greenhouse due to Covid-19. Our therapeutic horticulture sessions continue to be on pause, and we have had to keep the greenhouse closed to the public. As a result, our plants are not receiving their usual daily adoration, but Eden and Veronica,…

Volunteer Spotlight: Persis Desai

Volunteer Persis Desai first heard of Wilmot Botanical Gardens (WBG) during her freshman year when her Introduction to Plant Science course instructor, Erin Alvarez, took students on a tour of the grounds and greenhouse here. It was at this time that Persis also learned of the therapeutic horticulture…