USF Botanical Gardens Hosts Butterfly and Native Plant Fair

The popular weekend event features presentations and tours about butterfly gardening, native plants and herbs.


TAMPA, Fla. (June 10, 2010) – Learn how to create a backyard environment welcoming to butterflies and other fauna this weekend.


The USF Botanical Gardens will hold its 12th annual Butterfly, Herb & Native Plant Fair on Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for general public. USF Botanical Garden members and children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is also free.


There will be talks throughout both days on butterfly gardening, Florida wildlife, and herb growing. Vendors will sell butterfly plants, herbs and native plants.


At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Gary Van Cleef, garden beekeeper, will present an introductive overview on beekeeping. For the more serious student, there will be a beekeeping workshop at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., Bill Lamoureux of the Audubon Society will talk about birds of Florida. At noon, George Kish, a native plant expert, will present a workshop about native plants that attract butterflies. And at 1 p.m., Tom and Anita Loveland, butterfly garden curators, will conduct a talk and tour on butterfly gardening.


On Sunday, the featured topic will be herbs with a talk on growing herbs in Florida at 11 a.m. followed at noon by a presentation on using herbs in the kitchen.


The Native Plant Society will be available both days to answer questions. A free children’s activity area with many educational and fun things for young visitors to create also will take place, including a caterpillar petting zoo and snake pit. The gardens new observation beehive will be on display.


For more information, click here, or call (813) 910-3274.

Mapquest address: 12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa, FL 33612


The USF Botanical Gardens is a non-profit, member- sponsored, educational facility. The Garden is open to the public seven days a week (except major holidays). The Garden is located on the southwest corner of the Tampa campus, at Pine and Alumni drives, off of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, just one block north of Fowler Avenue. The mission of the Botanical Gardens at USF is to foster appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural and cultural botanical heritage through living plants, collections, displays, education and research.


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Kim Hutton

(813) 910-3274