Volume 2, Issue 4                                                             October 31, 2017

November 3 & 4

Third Annual Camellia and Azalea Plant Sale

The third annual Camellia and Azalea Sale fundraiser at Wilmot Gardens is the perfect place to get inspired and pick up some new plants for your home garden. This year’s sale will take place on Friday, November 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Available ornamental plants highlighted in the sale will include both japonica and sasanqua camellias, indigenous and ...


Proceeds will be used to maintain the historic gardens and to sustain the therapeutic horticulture program.

From the Director's Desk:

Thoughts of a Weed Puller

Hurricane Irma has come and gone and those of us associated with the Wilmot Gardens have been able to breathe a giant sigh of relief. With one but very important exception, we experienced no major wind damage or flooding in the gardens including the greenhouse and the conference center. Nevertheless, it was necessary for our team aided by many volunteers to devote several days to general clean-up of the storm debris left in the wake of Irma ...


There are at least 199 known species of the genus Camellia. The 3 most popular in the United States are Japonica, Reticulata and Sasanqua. 

Volunteer Spotlight: John Bean

Since joining Wilmot Gardens as a regular volunteer in May of 2016, John Bean has dedicated over 1,000 hours to the improvement and maintenance of the gardens. John now spends five hours, three days a week assisting gardener Steve Pritchett with tasks such as weeding, clean-up, mulching and more. “John works harder than a lot of our younger volunteers. He can even leave me in the dust sometimes. I love having him here working in the gardens. He's always got a smile on and a great attitude ...


Nature at Work and at Home

and Employee Well-Being

A 2017 study by Korpela and colleagues published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning explored how different forms of exposure to nature at work and at home influenced employee vitality, vigor, happiness, and creativity at two samplings one year apart.  The researchers’ primary hypothesis tested whether different apparent types and amounts of nature exposure would be ...


Under the Glass:

News from the Greenhouse

Despite the persistent warm temperatures in Gainesville, summer has come to an end and we have started our fall programming. It’s been great to see familiar faces as well as lots of new faces and we are happy to be growing again. We have planned our fall plantings – both for the greenhouse and the gardens ...


ASD Program Update

As the newest member of the Wilmot Gardens team, I feel I’ve found my home. I’ve always felt that nature, particularly water and plants, have a healing power.  I’ve witnessed this to be true not only for myself, but especially so as a psychotherapist and life coach for people on the Autism Spectrum. Therefore, finding my way to the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Gardens and  becoming the (ASD) Program Coordinator in January 2017 was a natural fit. I feel so at home that I was even wed in the gardens earlier this year ...


What's in bloom?

Cannas are heat-loving perennials known for

their beautiful flowers and interesting leaves.

Click here to learn more about Cannas!