Did you know that the American Camellia Society was established on the University of Florida campus in 1946? UF Associate Professor Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak will join us to share about the fascinating history of the relationship between horticulture and medicine, specifically in Alachua County. Admission is free but registration is required.
Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak’s talk will include a discussion of the history of the American Camellia Society and its connection to local garden clubs, horticulture at UF, and medical history in Alachua County. A plot of land on the UF Health Medical Campus is now a therapeutic horticulture site – the Wilmot Botanical Gardens. It was created in 1950 to honor the late Royal James “Roy” Wilmot, a UF horticulturalist and authority on camellias. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak will also highlight Dr. Harold Hume (former UF president and horticulturalist), Dr. Sarah Robb (Alachua County’s first licensed female doctor), and former UF Medical School deans Dr. George Harrell and Dr. Craig Tisher.