Past Meetup

USF Botanical Gardens and Lettuce Lake Park

USF Botanical Gardens

12210 USF Pine Dr, · Tampa, 33612, FL

How to find us

Meet in gardens parking lot at 9 am

Location image of event venue


National Gardens Day and free admission to the USF Botanical Gardens!

Stroll the Gardens' natural areas and explore collections and displays that include: orchids, begonias, mallows, bromeliads, gingers, ferns, aroids, fruit trees, palms, cycads, carnivorous plants, butterfly garden, herb and scent gardens, and much more. The Gardens maintain a living collection of more than 3,000 taxa of plants and natural habitats that emphasize the rich botanical diversity of our area. Throughout the Gardens, visitors will find many animal and insect species, from gopher tortoises to butterflies to more than 60 species of birds.

USF has a small 16 acre garden and greenbelt on the USF Tampa campus. On Friday, May 9th they will not be charging the usual $5 admission charge. The Gardens maintains a living collection of more than 3,000 of plants, animals and natural habitats.

Then...Off to lunch at Panera Bread...

After Lunch...

After we photograph the USF gardens and have an early lunch at Panera Bread, we will head over to Lettuce Lake Park (6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa · (813)[masked])[masked]_[masked]_6920+E+Fletcher+Ave+Tampa%2c+FL+33637_Lettuce+Lake+Park_(813)[masked]&where1=6920+E+Fletcher+Ave+Tampa%2c+FL+33637&FORM=LARE

More than half of the park’s property lies in the natural floodplain of the Hillsborough River, and consists of a hardwood swamp forest. This feature provides a natural storage reservoir for floodwater and improves water quality, acting as a biological filter to remove excess nutrients from the water. The remainder of the park consists of hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods plant communities. We will be walking the boardwalk along the river's edge.

Lettuce Lake Park charges $2 per car.

Hope you can join us!