Dreamy USF Botanical Gardens to host Plant Festival this summer

Calling all plant lovers! The USF Botanical Gardens, already a remarkable gem in the Tampa area, will host its annual plant festival on June 24. The event runs from 10am-3pm and admission is just $5. This is your chance to experience the stunning landscape first established in Tampa in 1969.

In addition to basking in the glory of the gardens, there will be ample vendors selling plants and plant-related items for those with a green thumb. Commercial growers and local clubs from throughout the state will be in attendance and totally available to field any and all plant-related questions. 

USF Botanical Gardens spans 16 acres and 3,000 plants

The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ ECORE (Environmental and Conservation Outreach, Research, and Education) System. The ECORE System brings the Botanical Gardens, the Forest Preserve, and Geopark under one leadership team to better serve faculty, student, and community needs.  


In all, it consists of 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt on the Tampa campus of USF and maintains a living collection of more than 3,000 plants, animals and natural habitats. The Gardens serve as an important outreach component of the University that attracts thousands of visitors annually. Plant festivals and other events bring enthusiasts from around the state to shop for rare and unusual plants. The Gardens also support ongoing research and serves as a living classroom for education.

A hub for education and conservation in Tampa

Studies in citrus greening, biology, engineering, and many more take place on site in the Research Park and classes from regenerative agriculture to botany are taught on site. There are many opportunities for researchers, teachers, student groups, and community members to get involved.

If you’d like to support the gardens, you can become a member/friend of the garden. Donations, and volunteer work help keep this lovely oasis glowing.


The USF Botanical Gardens is located on campus at 4202 E. Fowler Avenue. Event details are available on Facebook.

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