USF Magazine Summer 2013

Volume 55 | Number 2


Community Garden

| USF News

People walk around plants and tents at the USF Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Aimee Blodgett | USF News

An estimated 4,000 visitors attended the 24th Annual Spring Plant Festival at the USF Botanical Gardens. The weekend-long event featured more than 60 vendors, plant clubs and societies offering gingers, orchids, plumeria, begonias, native plants and more. The event also included seminars on urban farming and beekeeping.

“This year’s festival was one of our most successful to date,” says Gardens Director Laurie Walker. “People are wanting to get back in the garden, and it was evident that weekend.”

Part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences, the gardens are home to more than 3,000 plants, animals and natural habitats.