Wilmot Gardens and Lifestyle Track
University of Florida
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Site Analysis, Master Planning, Construction plans for garden spaces, planting design.Areas, Movie Lawn, and outdoor dining areas.
During the 1940s, a professor by the name of Royal James “Roy” Wilmot worked as a horticulturist for the University of Florida. Mr. Wilmot was an authority on camellias and classified as many of the 3,000 known varieties of the flowering shrub. After his death, members of the American Camellia Society donated 300 once rare varieties of camellias to be planted in a garden on the University of Florida. Today this unique place is Wilmot Gardens. For many years the garden flourished as a special place on campus. But eventually, lack of interest and maintenance took it’s toll on the garden. In 2008 the former Director to the College of Medicine, Dr. Charles Tisher, MD saw the garden as an opportunity to create a lasting open space environment for the medical center campus. Later that year, the University hired David Conner + Associates to begin the process of developing a long range master plan to restore the garden as a Healing Garden for the University of Florida Medical Center. After a series of meetings with University staff, the firm developed a master plan for the 4.6 acre site establishing five separate garden spaces. Each garden is designed to encourage physical and emotional healing for patients, staff, physicians, and students of the University. Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of many volunteers, the garden promises to be restored to its glorious heritage as a special place on the University of Florida campus.