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“Gardening and History Lovers: Tour this "Two-Fer" Near Tampa” 5 of 5 stars
Review of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa

University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5150
813 974 2329
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Ranked #85 of 207 things to do in Tampa
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“Gardening and History Lovers: Tour this "Two-Fer" Near Tampa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The USF Botanical Gardens are located in Largo, FL, a short drive from Tampa or St. Petersburg. Although previous reviewers criticized the lack of upkeep, we visited in May 2014 and thought that it was generally pleasant and well-kept.

Many of the plants were new to me even though I've visited a number of other tropical gardens. Plant labeling is a bit hit-and-miss, but most of the important specimens are well-labeled.

Be sure to bring water and a hat since the gardens are quite sunny in the afternoon.

As an added bonus, the Heritage Museum adjoins the Botanical Gardens. It consists of a number of historic central Florida homes and businesses from the 1800's that have been moved to Heritage Village in Largo and refurbished. Most of the buildings are not open on the weekend, though you can get the feel of what it might have been like to live in Florida in pre-condominium days.

Visited May 2014
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Average Gardens”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I last went in 2007, but it was a decent lil path though a decently mantained gardens. It isn't big and there are others in the area that are better. But there a number of plant shows that make the visit well worth it.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Sad sight”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Very disappointing. USF should be embarrassed to require paid admission to walk through this garden. Apparently the university is not interested in the upkeep, which is sad.

Visited January 2014
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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“Disappointing upkeep”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

There were interesting things to see at this attraction, but the property requires more upkeep. Looks a little rundown.

Visited July 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Pathetic”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Go to the Florida Botanical Gardens off Walshingham Road in Largo/Seminole area. That one is worth seeing. This one is just like an oversized garden from your backyard. It is nothing sepcial.

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