Plan Your Visit

Botanical Gardens Trail Map

Map of the botanical gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens offers a variety of gardens and habitat types through which to stroll. The trail begins at the parking area. Current collections include: fruit trees and palms from around the world, temperate forest, carnivorous plants, tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs, as well as plant species found in Florida's upland habitats.

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.

Don't forget to check the weather for the day!

For Your Safety and Pleasure:

  • Don't forget to check the weather forecast.  It can rain almost everyday during the summer.  Be prepared with an umbrella or rain jacket.
  • Allow at least an hour to enjoy the Gardens.
  • You are welcome to walk on the grass, but please do not climb garden structures or trees.
  • A beverage vending machine is located at the Plant Shop/Office.  There is no food available.  You are welcome to bring in food to picnic.
  • Ponds are for reflection only.
  • We are a smoke-free Garden.
  • Jogging, skating, and bicyling are not permitted.
  • In the event of threatening weather, leave the Gardens or find shelter in the Pavilion.
  • Our flowers are happy here.  Please do not take them home.
  • Photography is permitted.  Be respectful of people and plants.
  • Pets are welcome - if on leash and if you pick up after!