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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 an event complete the form below and indicate which date interests you.

Spring 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Event Day Date Time
CANCELED – January Volunteer Workday Saturday CANCELED – January 25, 2020 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
February Volunteer Workday Saturday February 8, 2020 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CANCELED – March Volunteer Workday Saturday CANCELED – March 14, 2020 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April Volunteer Workday Saturday April 25, 2020 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Spring Plant Sale Friday/Saturday April 17-18, 2020 Shifts TBD

Regularly Scheduled Volunteering

Note: All weekday volunteer opportunities have been filled for the Spring 2020 term. Please consider registering for a Saturday Volunteer Workday (listed above).

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

Note: All weekday volunteer opportunities have been filled for the Spring 2020 term. Please consider registering for a Saturday Volunteer Workday (listed above).

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 above for the 2020 spring semester events. Registration is required for all volunteer workdays.

Master Gardeners

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 please complete the form below.

Interested in volunteering?

Fill out the form below and a member of the Wilmot Gardens team will contact you about your options to volunteer.
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