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Decorate a pepper, get in free at plant fair

Posted Jul 9, 2013 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Anyone wanting to visit the USF Botanical Gardens Tropical Plant Fair this weekend for free just needs to get a little crafty.

Simply decorate a pepper to enter in the “pepper beauty contest” and the $5 admission fee is waived. Winners will be awarded prizes.

The 15th annual plant fair takes place Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The free admission offer is only good on Sunday.

Admission is $5. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Vendors will be selling fruit trees, blooming tropicals and exotic plants.

The 16-acre USF Botanical Gardens is located at 12210 USF Pine Dr., Tampa.

The gardens maintain a living collection of more than 3,000 plants, animals and natural habitats.

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