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USF Botanical Gardens to host 26th annual Fall Plant Festival Oct. 8-9

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens will celebrate its 26th annual Fall Plant Festival on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission for the event and the gardens is $5 for the general public. USF Botanical Gardens members and children under 12 are admitted free. Free parking will be available.

There will be more than 40 vendors selling and displaying plants and plant related items filling the Botanical Gardens grounds. The vendors at this event include most local plant clubs and societies, as well as commercial growers. Some of the plant clubs and societies that will be selling at the event and offering information include crotons, African violets, orchids, bromeliads, begonias, cactus and succulents, fruit trees, bamboo, bougainvillea, native plants, palms and cycads, and more. The festival features the annual scarecrow display throughout the Gardens.

On Saturday, guests will enjoy the fall vegetable gardening workshop at 11 a.m. At noon there will be a native plant workshop along with bromeliads and the truth about Zika. Cactus care workshop will take place at 1 p.m. Check our website for list of workshops. On Sunday, there is the Growing fruit tree workshop at 11 a.m. Beekeeping basics workshop will be at noon where guests can sample the gardens’ honey.

The plant festival also will feature a free children’s activity area. For more information call (813) 974-2329 or GPS address: 12210 USF Pine Dr., Tampa 33612.

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