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Become one with nature at the USF Botanical Gardens

Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 12:48:28-04

TAMPA, Fla.—Get some fresh air and enjoy what nature has to offer at the USF Botanical Gardens.

This hidden oasis is tucked away on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Explore thousands of varieties of orchids, succulents, aroids and other plants spread out over 10 acres of land.

“A botanical garden is a place that you can see plants from all over the world. We show how the plants interact with animals, with insects...the eco system, basically,” said Kim Hutton, USF Botanical Gardens’ program coordinator.

The garden is not just a great place for USF students—who can volunteer, escape the day-to-day stress or get some work done with the garden’s Wi-Fi connection—but anyone looking to explore and learn more about nature.

USF Botanical Gardens hosts events throughout the year, including gardening workshops, seasonal festivals and even a certified bee keeping course! You can keep up with the upcoming events here. The garden is also a beautiful place to host weddings and other celebrations.

USF Botanical Gardens is open 7 days a week during the school year, with reduced hours in the summer.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

Adults $5
Seniors (60+) $4
Children (6-13) $3
Students $1 (with valid USF ID)

Admission is free for USF Botanical Garden members and children under 6.

Stop by the shop at the entrance to the garden to take home plants, shirts, and local seasonal honey. To learn more about the USF Botanical Garden, click here.