There are many ways to volunteer at Wilmot Botanical Gardens. Check out the variety of levels of engagement below. Don’t know where to start? Use this form to start a conversation about how you can help preserve this historic landmark, contribute to groundbreaking research or assist participants and caregivers in the therapeutic horticulture program.
Volunteers of all skill levels will be engaged in restoring and maintaining the gardens, which provide an important natural respite for patients and caregivers served by UF Health Shands Hospital, as well as the rest of the university community and beyond. Typical workday activities include weeding, pruning, planting, mulching, and general grounds maintenance. Tasks vary by event type. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register for the below events contact Bailey Hillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2019 Volunteer Opportunities
|CANCELED – September Volunteer Workday||Saturday||September 14||8 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|October Volunteer Workday||Saturday||October 12||8 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|November Volunteer Workday||Saturday||November 2||8 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|Plant Sale – Day 1, Shift 1||Friday||November 22||Shift 1: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|Plant Sale – Day 1, Shift 2||Friday||November 22||Shift 2: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Plant Sale – Day 2, Shift 3||Saturday||November 23||Shift 3: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|Plant Sale, Day 2, Shift 4||Saturday||November 23||Shift 4: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
Regularly Scheduled Volunteering
In addition to the scheduled volunteer workdays, volunteers are also accepted on weekdays. Consider volunteering on a weekly or monthly basis to assist with important garden maintenance tasks. This is a wonderful way to use your gardening skills or love of the outdoors to serve the community and individuals receiving care at UF Health. For scheduling contact the business manager or complete the form below.
Individual student volunteers can join the Earn-a-Brick program, which requires 50 volunteer hours to earn a free engraved pathway brick to recognize your efforts in maintenance of the gardens. Get involved and leave your mark!
Student Volunteers and Student Groups
Over the years many student groups have dedicated time to restoring sections of the garden, by performing tasks such as weeding, digging, pruning, removing debris and laying sod. More help is needed! Both undergraduate and graduate students of all experience levels are welcome to volunteer and will be provided guidance from more experienced gardeners. This is a great way to gain gardening experience, earn community service hours, spend time outdoors and become more involved in UF and your local community!
Student groups are welcome to join other volunteers at Wilmot Botanical Gardens’ regular volunteer workdays. See the volunteer workday schedule for the 2019 spring semester shown above. Registration is required for all volunteer workdays. To register or schedule a weekday session contact use the form below and indicate which dates you are interested in.
Master Gardeners play a pivotal role in the life of Wilmot Botanical Gardens, providing crucial horticultural expertise for the gardens and the therapeutic horticulture program. Master Gardeners are welcome to serve in a variety of capacities and lead important projects for the gardens’ continued restoration and enhancement. To get involved contact the business manager or complete the form below.
You can learn more about the training required to volunteer with the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Botanical Gardens here.