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Camellias and Their Connection to Local Medical History
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.

Oct 6, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak
Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology @University of Florida
Dr. Alice Rhoton-Vlasak is a Professor at the University of Florida, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology working in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Rhoton’s educational background includes undergraduate training at Wake Forest University followed by medical school at the University of Florida. She then attended residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida followed by fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak’s family moved to Gainesville in 1972. She grew up in the forests and creeks, playing tennis and bike commuting. Her mother loved camellias and azaleas and has many 50-year-old plants in her yard. Dr. Rhoton-Vlasak learned to love gardening from her mother. Camellias are one of her favorite plants since they are the “Queen of the Winter” with blooms when many other plants are quiescent from October to March.