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University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa

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4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620-5150
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Louis F wrote a review Feb 2020
Tampa, Florida541 contributions203 helpful votes
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The gardens aren’t very large and you can see it all in about an hour. Seems like some of the plants aren’t taken care of as well as you’d expect at a botanical garden. Still was a nice walk and people working there were very friendly.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Lisa B wrote a review Feb 2020
Texas1233 contributions478 helpful votes
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A very small regional garden. Nice trees with a short pathway which circles around the property. There were a few hidden garden rooms and a few flower areas and a glimpse of a pond along the pathway. Parking was across the street on the grass.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Heather V wrote a review Jan 2020
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My husband and I, who are both USF alumnis, visited the gardens one afternoon for the first time in about 20 years since we graduated. We were both very disappointed to see it in such poor shape and upkeep! Granted it’s January when things are not in full bloom but there were mostly just weeds, empty beds like in the medicinal herb garden, and overgrown areas preventing pretty views of the lake or trees. There was a lot of trash on the northside by the bees and about 20 plastic blue kiddie pools that were full of leaves and dirty water that didn’t seem to have much of a purpose. There were also a few vehicles out there including two pick up trucks, one of which had the hood propped open, and was very rusty and stationary like it had been there for a long time. There were piles of buckets and rubbish everywhere! It seems to be like a storage area for equipment as well. After 20 minutes we had seen everything there was to see! I’m just very disappointed to see it in such shape. It’s not what I remember from 20 years ago. If USF is not going to properly fund the gardens it really needs to be shut down. It’s an embarrassment to prospective students and people in the area! It detracts from the University instead of adding to it. All I can say is “wow!”
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Bill J wrote a review Jan 2020
Short Pump, Virginia26 contributions5 helpful votes
Hotel room not ready so sought out some place to take a walk and see some things. Found this place. Small botanical gardens. Not a lot at this time of year blooming so did not take long to walk the trail and be done as not a lot to look at. Some interesting areas were the fruit tree area, the cactus area. I do think in another month or so with milder temps it would be a nice place to visit for an hour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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MaxieandLucy wrote a review Oct 2019
Orlando, Florida114 contributions117 helpful votes
Worse part of this experience is the parking; you take your sedan and drive up a ramshackle pot holed ramp and then have the pleasure of parking on sand and tall grass. Next, you traipse through the grass where sand spurs galore are hidden requiring you to stop periodically to remove them from your shoes because they are impaling your feet. The wagon wheels had them embedded so badly pliers had to be taken to remove them when we got home. Then you get to pay $5.00 a person to gain entry. The vendors were plentiful and reasonably priced. A lot claimed to have “exotic” plants like Powder Puff trees! On the way out you get to repeat the experience of walking through sand spurs again and taking your sedan down a pot holed ramp. Save your money, car and feet and go elsewhere to purchase plants.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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