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. For more information, visit http://gardens.usf.edu/.