University of South Florida Botanical Gardens located at 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa. A monument dedicated to Dr. Roy H. Behnke and Mrs. Ruth Behnke for their devotion and dedication to the university community.
The Fish Fountain was off when we passed by to enter the conservatory. Orchids, begonias, shrubs and trees encircle the pond and all around the conservatory.
Walk along the brick path in the Shade Garden and admire the Pygmy Date Palm that grows 8 to 10 feet, different varieties of ferns and a Pink Jatropha that blooms year round in mild climate or sit on a bench and relax in the Shade Garden.
Stroll along the mulch-lined walkway and admire The Bamboo Tree and the Lychee Tree an evergreen fruit tree both native to Southern China. Macadamia Tree, a tropical tree native to Australia grows up to 35 feet and the Neem Tree a medicinal plant native to India. Have a picnic on one of the tables or rent the gazebo for a special event.
Eleven different plants in the medicinal garden. Take a pamphlet and read about the medicinal uses. Over six hundred thirty species of Carnivorous plants exist in the world. Take a brochure and read about their life cycle.
Walk over to the Honey Bee Haven a place for bees and other pollinators. A number of host plants and a good chance to spot butterflies in the afternoon.
Cross a wooden bridge to the cactus and succulent garden. Different types of cactus on display. A Peruvian Apple native to South America that can grow up to 33 feet. Step inside the greenhouse to see more cactus and succulent plants. Entrance fees to the botanical gardens, hours of operation on the website.