UF Health Shands Hospital Patient Guide: Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

Wilmot Gardens

Wilmot Gardens

Spanning five acres, Wilmot Gardens creates a place where nature helps to heal the body and mind. Located just north of the Davis Cancer Pavilion in the UF Health Medical Plaza, the gardens serve as a relaxing place for patients and their families to stroll and reflect in times of crisis or in celebration of healing.

Wilmot Gardens is currently under renovation to repair damage done by Southern pine beetles and the hurricanes of 2005. Your support for the restoration of Wilmot Gardens can renew and rejuvenate this gem on the University of Florida medical campus. To contribute please contact our Development and Alumni Affairs Office at 352-273-7986 or 1-877-DrG-ator (1-877-374-2867).

Bartram Carr Woods

Health Center Park - Bartram Carr Woods Conservation Area

The Bartram-Carr Woods Conservation Area is a 9-acre upland hardwood located between the Academic Health Center and University of Florida's main campus. The space offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the hospital and provides a recharge area for creeks that run to Lake Alice in the center of campus. There are rubber-paved paths that lead up and around the woods.

At the south entrance to the woods, just over the creek bridge, lies Health Center Park. This is a wide grassy space, sheltered by pine trees with sitting areas, picnic benches, and a covered pavilion along the edge of the creek.

Academic Research Building CourtyardAcademic Research Building Courtyard

The Academic Research Building Courtyard is accessible from UF Health Shands Hospital through the Founder's Gallery, which is east of Sun Terrace on the north end of the building.

The Courtyard is a sloped hill, with broad steps and terraces covered with trees and grass. It is a quiet spot to eat and reflect or to lay in the sun. 

Sun TerraceSun Terrace

The Sun Terrace is a large open air courtyard on the North side of UF Health Shands Hospital, accessible from the first floor corridor from the atrium that passes the Food Court. There are several eateries on the Terrace, including Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Salad Creations, Einstein Brothers Bagels, and Starbucks.

The Sun Terrace provides both shaded and unshaded seating, including large round tables for dining and park benches.

UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital

Shands Garden of HopeGarden of Hope

The Garden of Hope is symbolic of the thoughtful quality of care patients will receive at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Located on the grounds of the cancer hospital, the garden provides relief to the senses through its use of water, sunlight and natural foliage. As visitors stroll past benches, trees and a lake, they have time to pause, reflect and heal.

Patients, their families, visitors and employees who visit the garden can view tributes to loved ones living with cancer, those who have defeated cancer and memorials. The garden is located on the southeast side of the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital.

It serves as a community center for all area residents and a site for public events such as concerts and programs by UF Health Arts in Medicine.

Contributions to the Garden include memorials and tributes such as pavers, honor wall plaques, trees and benches. Gifts to the garden can also be made through garden parties. Gainesville community leaders have hosted "garden parties" as part of the Raising Hope campaign to bring awareness to the plans for the garden and give residents a chance to donate to this new community asset.