Future Gardens


Wonderful new gardens are being planned at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the future. Creating these garden spaces is generating more excitement about the Zoo and interest in plants. Here are a few of the plans for gardens that are sure to enhance your Zoo experience in the future:

The Botanical Gardens

In Jacksonville, visitors to the Zoo have, over the years, recognized the unique relationship the Zoo shares with the Trout River. The beautiful native water-edge plants and spectacular panoramic views over the River set this are aside as something quite special. Recognizing this potential, we selected this area as the home for the Primary Gardens will cover approximately twelve acres. The Trout River will be the backdrop for the 12-acre botanical gardens. Design elements include formal, perennial, water, shade and wildlife gardens, a visitor center, boardwalk, tropical conservatory and an orangery. There is no projected or completion date at this time.