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USF Botanical Gardens to hold 27th annual Spring Plant Festival

TAMPA, Fla - The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will host its 27th annual Spring Plant Festival April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Botanical Garden members and children under 12 years old. Free parking will be available.

It's the perfect time of year to replant and rethink your garden. The growers and plant club members will be on hand, so you can ask the experts for help. There will be more than 70 vendors selling plants and plant-related items. Vendors at this event include local plant clubs and societies, as well as commercial growers from throughout the state.

Plants offered through clubs and societies include: butterfly plants and help on getting 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 to make it through even the coldest weather. Children can participate in a free arts and crafts area.

On Saturday, there will be talks starting at 11 a.m. with Organic Vegetable Gardening, with workshops at noon and 1 p.m. On Sunday the Beekeeping Basics talk and tour will be at noon. For more information please call (813) 974-2329 or

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

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


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