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Hillsborough County's First Garden Park

Our mission is to provide education and to serve as a sustainable model for organic gardening, native landscaping, and related technologies while providing opportunities to participate in healthy outdoor activities, responsible environmental leadership, growing organic food, and community building.

Take a look around this web site to learn more about our garden, its members and find links to helpful gardening resources.

VISTA Needs Your Help

As many of you may already know, on Oct.22 the well water pump was damaged and must be replaced.

We can resume watering our gardens using hoses at VISTA. Pending installation of the new pump and reactivation of VISTA Garden’s water system, our next-door neighbors at the Colonnade Assisted Living are sharing water with us. Please be extra vigilant about turning off your spigot (and checking neighboring spigots to ensure all are in the off position).

The replacement of this pump is a significant unplanned expense for VISTA Gardens. We need your help to cover this expenditure. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made via the donate button on the VISTA website or cash/check in the black box located in the shed.
Thanks in advance for your generosity and remember all donations are tax deductible.


Native Plant Garden


Plants native to Florida are not the same as plants introduced from other places. Native plants provide conservation benefits that others rarely measure up to. When you select plants adapted to your growing conditions, they require very little attention once they are fully established. They will not need additional water and fertilizer to thrive, nor will they need pesticides to cope with typical insect pests. They also are the plants that will literally bring life to your landscape. Native plants form the only real foundation for Florida’s butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, hummingbirds, songbirds, and other interesting wildlife. Living landscapes connect us to the real world and create a sense of wonder in what would otherwise be sterile and uninteresting. You will not be limited in your choices or aesthetics. There are hundreds of wonderful plants to choose from. 

Craig N. Huegel

Clearing the site
Vicki working the land
Digging out root matter
Schematic posted
Plant delivery
Native plants arrive
Native plants arrive
Transplant time
First the placement
Phase One - Center plantings installed
Fakahatchee Grass, with Swamp Azalea,
Then the transplanting
Final transplant Phase One
Needle Palm
Vicki and volunteers
Phase One plantings
Shiny Coffee
Part of the collection
Starting Phase Two
Plantings set out
Angela at work
Angela tending transplants
Richard transplanting
Richard planting
Marilyn transplanting
Transplanting continues
Linda transplanting
Jennifer watering
Group hard at work
Mitch delivering compost
Vicki & Bill preparing transplant
Bill Clark transplanting
Simpson Stopper garden planted Octobe
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Herb Spiral

VISTA now has a new herb spiral to enhance our ability to grow herbs and add beauty to our lovely garden.


Thank you, MJ and Jerry, for all the hard work!


Our Garden Has Grown

Despite the heat and humidity, several of our gardeners sweat it out and added seven new raised beds plus repaired the wood decay in our existing beds.

A big thank you to the tireless members of our Infrastructure Committee for your perseverance.


Explore VISTA


Come take a walk on the wild side. Enjoy one of the latest additions to VISTA Gardens, a walking trail. Enjoy a shaded walk through the woods and commune with nature.

Grassy Field


Monarch Waystation

Thank you to Vicki and Ken Kuse for ALL of their work to create lovely pollinator-friendly habitats, culminating in our registration as an official Monarch Waystation.

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VISTA Gardens

13550 S Village Dr, Tampa, FL 33618


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©2020 by Village Institute for Sustainable Technologies and Agriculture


Note the mirror collections of same native plantings on both ends of Phase One landscape