Explore the Beauty and the Magic of the Gardens
Our Horticulture staff invites you to come stroll with us through the gardens. Discover the unique and exciting plants that make our gardens green. Discuss the mysteries of maintaining the beauty. Develop a passion for the love of gardening.
Weekday Group Garden Tours
Do you have a Garden Club or group of gardening friends that would love a personal tour of the lush gardens in the Jacksonville Zoo? Then check out our Group Garden Tours. It’s a 90-minute garden tour led by our knowledgeable Horticulture staff. The tour takes you down the River of Color, through the lush Savanna Blooms Garden, and concludes in the distinguished Trout River Gardens, with optional stops in Range of the Jaguar and Play Park. Luncheon and train ride returning to Main Camp are optional additions to complete your tour experience.
For more information, call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.
The Horticulture team invites you to stroll with us through the Gardens of the Jacksonville Zoo on the first Saturday of April, June, September and October. These two hour interactive tours aimed at adults and are led by our knowledgeable Horticulture staff, sharing their gardening experiences and advice. Each month the tour path will change, offering a different point of view and something new to learn. As we wander through the various gardens, we will discuss a variety of topics related to seasonal garden maintenance, the right plants for you, and how our gardening habits impact the environment.
Pre-registration is required.
Tour group meets outside the ticket booths at 8:45am for check in, tours start at 9:00am and are limited to 30 people.
(Zoo Admission is included in price)
Non- Members: $20
These are walking tours that may traverse various paths over Zoo grounds so please wear comfortable walking shoes. You are welcome to bring a bottle of water to help with the warm temperatures and long walk, and as gardeners we tour in all types of weather so please dress appropriately.
April 2: Pots, Pans, Strainers and Containers!!!
Container gardening is not just for warm weather. Come see how we spiced up our dreary winter days with cold defying containers. And after that, check out the home-made containers we've put together using repurposed items from around the Zoo. You really CAN make a planter out of just about anything.
June 4: Passion for Pollinators
Butterflies, bees, bats and birds all depend on plants for their survival and we depend on those pollinators for our food. More and more they need our help with the increase in invasive plants and expansive turf grass yards, local pollinator wildlife has less available food and habitat in which to survive. Come Bee inspired with us and see how easy it is to help our little hard working nature friends by adding a few plants and some habitat to the garden.
Sept. 3: Freaks of Nature
Step right up!! Come and see all the strange and unusual flora on display at our award-winning Asian Garden & Land of the Tiger. Feast your eyes upon the amazing Amazonian hermaphroditic night-bloomer! Check out the world's fastest growing grass! We even have a banana with 1,000 fingers! All of these wonders and more away you at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens.
Oct. 1: Be Fruitful and Multiply
You can cut, divide, graft, or grow them from seed. If you are the sort that enjoys sharing, or you have a plant you would like to have more of but don't have the money to purchase, you may be able to create new plants at home. Join us for a talk exploring some of the ways you can propagate plants.
For questions about the tours you can call (904) 757-4463 ext 153.