The Florida Learning Garden, a project of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful in partnership with the Florida State Fair Authority, is a permanent one-acre interactive educational experience. The display garden features raised beds, hydroponics, hugelkulture beds, a Florida-Friendly Walking Trail, rain gardens, over 75 types of trees, an interactive greenhouse, the Humana Educational Pavilion for presentations, sensory gardens, butterfly gardens, upcycled gardens, composting system, gazebo and the Cargill Windmill. From ‘right-plant-right-place’ to best practices for water conservation, the Florida Learning Garden educates residents on multiple growing techniques and sustainable practices to utilize in their own homes and gardens. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful cultivates plant materials to use in beautification projects throughout Hillsborough County. Harvested produce is donated back to local nonprofit shelters. The Florida Learning Garden is an environmentally sustainable training facility that helps us build a vibrant community.
The Florida Learning Garden is utilized for educational presentations, community workshops, volunteer service projects, school field trips and educational tours. The Florida State Fair Agri-Science program utilizes the garden to provide hands-on agriculture learning experiences for more than 40,000 students. Additionally, the Florida Learning Garden is open to the 2.5 million visitors to the Florida State Fairgrounds each year. Visitors and residents alike are able to tour the garden while they are encouraged to use sustainable growing methods in their own community.
The Florida Learning Garden is a direct reflection of our mission. It emphasizes all that we do to preserve the environmental health of our community.
Come See Us During the Florida State Fair
Come see us during the Florida State Fair from Feb. 9 - 20, 2017. We are located at Gate 3 and will have educational presentations and children's activities. Our information booth is open from 9am - 5pm. We provide a wide variety of educational presentations at the garden. From learning about native Tampa Bay wildlife to understanding best garden practices or resource efficiency, our environmental coordinators and student ambassadors provide guests with unique educational tours of the garden explaining the partnership and various on-site growing methods. Contact us for more information.
Thank you to our supporters:
Alliance for Community Trees
American Society of Landscape Architects
Ballenger & Co.
Blue Gold Growers
City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department
Delapaz Does It, Inc.
Florida Department of Agriculture
Florida Department of Forestry
Florida Irrigation Society of Tampa Bay
Florida State Fair Authority
Hennessy Construction Services
Hillsborough County Extension Office
Hillsborough County School District
John Deere Landscapes
Kissinger Campo & Associates
The Greenery Nursery & Garden Center
The Home Depot
Tropical Landscape Design
University of Florida
WC Sherrill & Company