University of South Florida Botanical Gardens

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The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens15 acres (6.1 hectares) are located on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, United States, and consist of 7 acres (2.8 hectares) of developed gardens plus 6 to 9 acres (2.4 to 3.6 hectares) of natural greenbelt. It is a member of the American Public Gardens Association, American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Florida [1] and receives about 35,000 visitors annually. [2] The gardens are open to the public during weekday business hours, and on shorter weekend hours. Admission is $5 for adults. [3]

University of South Florida public university in Tampa, Florida, United States

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public research university in Tampa, Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1956, USF is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida, with an enrollment of 50,755 as of the 2018–2019 academic year. The USF system has three institutions: USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution is separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is home to 14 colleges, offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral-level degree programs.

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History

The botanical gardens were established in 1969 for use by the Biology Department in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. In the early 1970s many of today's temperate, subtropical, and tropical trees and shrubs were planted. During the late 1970s and 1980s, the palm garden, the wetland forest, and sand scrub beds were planted. New structures and demonstration gardens were built in the 1990s. [4] Today, it is part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences at USF. [2]

Collection

The gardens contain over 3,000 taxa of plants including: fruit trees, bonsai trees, grasses, begonias, orchids, bromeliads, palms, aroids, bamboo, gingers, carnivorous plants, cycads, cactus and succulent plants, an herb and scent garden, wetland forest, temperate forest, subtropical shade garden, and Florida upland scrub and sandhill habitats. The gardens also has a medicinal herb garden, which is used by the USF College of Pharmacy for research purposes. [5] While not part of the collection, native wildlife, including butterflies and over 60 species of birds, can frequently be found in the garden. [6]

Fruit part of a flowering plant

In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants formed from the ovary after flowering.

<i>Begonia</i> genus of plants

Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains more than 1,800 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepals but no petals.

Arecaceae family of plants

The Arecaceae are a botanical family of perennial plants. Their growth form can be climbers, shrubs, trees and stemless plants, all commonly known as palms. Those having a tree form are colloquially called palm trees. They are flowering plants, a family in the monocot order Arecales. Currently 181 genera with around 2600 species are known, most of them restricted to tropical and subtropical climates. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves, known as fronds, arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, palms exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics and inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts.

Festivals and Events

The USF Botanical Gardens hosts events such as flower and garden festivals, where visitors have the opportunity to learn about and purchase plants from vendors. [7] The gardens also host workshops such as beekeeping [8] workshops, where the public can learn about a specific skill. The USF Botanical Gardens have also hosted yoga classes and is a popular wedding venue.

Beekeeping care and breeding of honey bees

Beekeeping is the maintenance of bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. Most such bees are honey bees in the genus Apis, but other honey-producing bees such as Melipona stingless bees are also kept. A beekeeper keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produce, to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or "bee yard."

Yoga physical and meditative spiritual practices from ancient India typically practiced on a yoga mat

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term "yoga" in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga, consisting largely of the postures called asanas.

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  1. "University of South Florida Botanical Gardens". http://vivaflorida.org/ . Florida Department of State.External link in |website= (help)
  2. 1 2 "About the USF Botanical Gardens". http://gardens.usf.edu/about/ . University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences.External link in |website= (help)
  3. "Botanical Gardens". gardens.usf.edu. University of South Florida.
  4. "History of the USF Botanical Gardens". gardens.usf.edu. University of South Florida.
  5. "Research". gardens.usf.edu. University of South Florida.
  6. "Plan Your Visit". gardens.usf.edu. University of South Florida.
  7. MCKENZIE, JOYCE. "USF Botanical Gardens to present Summer Plant Festival". TBO.com. The Tampa Tribune.
  8. Tobin, Maryann. "Best Botanical Gardens In Tampa Bay". tampa.cbslocal.com. CBS Tampa Bay.