Therapeutic Horticulture Program

The Greenhouse at Wilmot Botanical Gardens

The Greenhouse at Wilmot Botanical Gardens is dedicated to therapeutic horticulture programming for groups with special needs. The program is based on the belief that an active connection with plants and nature can be a restorative experience and have a profound effect on quality of life. Within a greenhouse and garden environment the program seeks to decrease stress and mental fatigue, boost self-esteem and self-efficacy, and provide community, creativity, and optimism. Program participation is also extended to caregivers in many groups.

If you are interested in attending a program or would like more information, contact Leah Diehl, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, at elizabeth.diehl@medicine.ufl.edu or (352) 294-5003. Or complete the inquiry form.

Session Groups and Times

  • Alumni group – every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Florida Recovery Center group – every other Thursday (from 2/18/21), 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • UF Student Wellness group – every Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Women Veterans group – every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Program Affiliations & Sponsors

Many of the therapeutic horticulture programs are affiliated with or funded by local organizations, national foundations and/or private donors.


Therapeutic Horticulture Programming Inquiry

Complete the form below if you are interested in enrolling in a therapeutic horticulture program or scheduling a private session.