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Tips from the Toolshed: A Gardener’s M.O.

And Now, the Cycle Begins Again Spring is a time in the garden for running about trying to get everything done, and I mean everything. After a few wintry spells below 30 degrees, suddenly, all your plants are growing at once—and here come the weeds! Not that we didn’t…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

One of the reasons I love living in Florida is that I can garden and take walks outside year-round. There are many other states whose residents can benefit from nature and sunshine year-round; in fact, it’s been reported that only 1% of those living in Florida suffer from seasonal affective…

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

A key to the successful operation of the Wilmot Botanical Gardens is the conduct of routine maintenance including chores such as mowing, weeding, trimming or replacing dead plants and shrubs and keeping our irrigation system in operation. Occasionally, larger projects requiring a totally different skill set present themselves. One such…

Tips from the Toolshed: A Gardener’s M.O.

Mild Winter Means Year ‘Round Gardening   I usually start fall semesters in a bit of a bind because I didn’t get enough student volunteers over the summer to help me weed. This semester everybody came back, and I do mean everybody. We had so many volunteers that the…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

Allison and I had the pleasure of working with a trio of interns from the Active Learning Program (ALP) this fall semester. The ALP is a program for undergraduate students at UF that pairs them with UF faculty and staff or local organizations. The goals of the program…

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

As 2021 draws to a close it seems only fitting to provide a brief review of some of the more significant events that have occurred at the gardens since last January. Some were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and, regrettably, uncertainties regarding the future still remain. One might characterize the…

Under the Glass: News from the Greenhouse

We are busy in the greenhouse this month planning and preparing for the start of our therapeutic horticulture programming. We expect to have a full slate of sessions this fall and look forward to seeing all the friendly faces of our participants and partners – we have missed…