Botanical Gardens

Programs and Events

YOGA

EVERY FRIDAY AT 2pm

people practicing yoga in the Gardens

A good way to relieve stress and anxiety is through yoga. It provides many benefits, like improving mental health, reducing burnout, promotes self-care and reduces anxiety. End every week with our Friday yoga session at 2pm.

 

Plant Festival

SUMMER PLANT FESTIVAL

June 15th, 9am- 3pm
Open to members at 8:30am

  • $10 Admission
  • Free for Members & USF ID
  • Children under 12 are free!

Vendors TBA!

plants at the Plant Festival

World Carnivorous Plant Day Sale

Saturday, May 4th

9am-12pm

plants

Mother's Day Bouquet Workshop

Saturday, May 11th 

12:00-2:00pm
Registration will cost: $25

Link to register

 

 

BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATION

2023-2024 Beekeeping Class

Monthly November 4, 2023 - October 5, 2024

REGISTRATION for 2024-2025 Class will open in September.

Registration is complete with:  payment, completed registration form, signed liability waiver Participants under 18 must have parent signature.

Return Registration Forms to USF Botanical Gardens.            

Course Outline
Date Lecture Hive
11/4/23 Introduction to Bees First look inside the hive
12/2/23 (Potluck)   Integrated Pest Management (1PM) Reading a Frame
01/06/24 Setting up Your Apiary In-hive Basic Inspection
02/03/24  Hive Building None
03/02/24 Swarm Control Hiving Your Bees
04/06/24 NO LECTURE - Pick Up Nucs Installing Nucs/Re-queening
05/04/23 Q&A, Swarm Control Making splits
06/01/24 Queen Biology Re-queening
07/06/24 Varroa destructor Varroa Counts & Treatment
08/03/24 Mead Making  
09/03/24 Honey Extraction, Bottling, and Labeling Honey Extraction 
10/05/24 Winter Preparations, Q&A Inspections and Q&A

Course Costs

Registration: $200; Garden Member: $180  

Submit liability waiver and registration form to USF Botanical Gardens with confirmation of your registration payment.

Please be aware that supplies are not included and must be purchased separately.

MESSER FAMILY BEEKEEPING SCHOLARSHIP (Opens Fall 2024)

Anyone can have the opportunity to participate in our course through the Messer Family Award. To become an applicant, submit a personal statement—500 words or less - on why urban beekeeping is important to you and the community. Personal statements must be submitted to botanicalgardens@usf.edu before November 5 at 11:59pm. The Messer Family Award recipient will be notified over email the week of November 7.

This award will assist with course expenses for individuals interested in pursuing beekeeping as well as show a committed effort to increase urban beekeeping in the local community. Expenditures awarded from this fund will be used for but not limited to course registration costs, the purchase of course educational materials and required supplies.