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University of South Florida Botanical Gardens to Host Ninth Annual Taste of Honey Fundraiser and Second Annual Luncheon

The University of South Florida (USF) Botanical Gardens is hosting the Ninth Annual Taste of Honey fundraiser on Saturday, September 22, from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.

Visitors are invited to sample more than 100 exotic and unusual honeys from all over the world, including honey produced in the USF Botanical Gardens. The tasting event will also include special tours by expert staff members on topics such as colony collapse, beekeeping basics, and how to start your own apiary. There will also be door prizes and live music throughout the afternoon.

For those interested in participating in a more immersive event experience, a private garden luncheon will be held prior to the event opening to the public. The luncheon, at a cost of $40, will feature a buffet with an assortment of honey-based dishes and include entrance to the Taste of Honey event. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run until event open at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, so early reservation is recommended. To RSVP for the private luncheon, please visit:

“This has become one of the Botanical Gardens’ most popular events, and for good reason,” said Kim Hutton, Coordinator for Special Events and Volunteers, USF Botanical Gardens. “Hosted by beekeepers and USF students, there is an energy in the air that allows visitors to tour the world through honey tastings while the sound of soft jazz plays in the background. Visitors are free to stroll the grounds and find exotic orchids and shady trails, reminiscent of the beauty of the tropics, but they are right here in Tampa.”

Tickets are on sale prior to the event for $15 each at If arriving on the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the USF Botanical Gardens’ entrance for $20. All proceeds benefit the beekeeping program at the USF Botanical Gardens.

About USF Botanical Gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens is a non-profit, member-sponsored, educational facility. Part of the USF College of Arts and Sciences, the USF Botanical Gardens is open to the public seven days a week (except major holidays). It is located on the southwest corner of the Tampa campus, at Pine and Alumni drives, off of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, just north of Fowler Avenue. The mission of the USF Botanical Gardens is to foster appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural and cultural botanical heritage through living plant collections, displays, education and research.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Filed under:Arts and Sciences Botanical Gardens    
Author:Michelle Holden