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USF Botanical Gardens to hold 25th annual Spring Plant Festival

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will host its 25th annual Spring Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 12 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public and will be free to Botanical Gardens members and children under the age of 12. There will be a free children’s craft area. Parking at the Gardens is also free.

The growers and plant club members will be on hand to answer any questions. There will be more than 70 vendors including local plant clubs and societies, as well as commercial growers from throughout the state. Vendors will be selling plants and plant-related items. Plants offered through clubs and societies include: butterfly plants, as well as help on how to get your butterfly garden started, crotons, African violets, orchids, bromeliads, cactus and succulents, bamboo, bonsai, bougainvillea, native plants, camellias, tropical fruit trees, palms, carnivorous plants, gesneriads and hardier shrubs.

On Saturday there will be talks starting at 11 a.m. about organic vegetable gardening, which will be presented each hour. For more information, please call (813) 974-2329 or visit the garden’s website at

The Botanical Gardens at USF is a non-profit, member-sponsored, educational facility. The USF Botanical Gardens are open to the public seven days a week (except major holidays). The Gardens are located on the southwest corner of the Tampa campus, at pine and Alumni drives, off of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, just one block north of Fowler Avenue.

The mission of the Gardens is to foster appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural and cultural botanical heritage through living plants, collections, displays, education and research.


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Author: Kimberly Hutton