Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Garden Tours

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.

Pre-registration is required. Click here for details and registration.

First Saturday Garden Tours

The Horticulture team invites you to stroll with us through the Gardens of the Jacksonville Zoo on the first Saturday of each month (January, July, August excluded). 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.

Tour group meets outside the ticket booths at 8:45am for check in, tours start at 9:00am and are limited to 30 people.

Pre-registration is required. To register, please click here.

Non- Members (Zoo admission is included in price): $20
Members: $10

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.

2014 Spring First Saturday Garden Tour Schedule

Winter Interest - February 1
Want some *Winterest* in your garden? Come see how we spiced up our dreary winter days with cold defying containers and garden beds that love to “chill”.  Walk with us thru the Gardens and discuss the cold weather plant choices that worked for us this winter.

Xeric gardens; not just for rocks – March 1
The summers are becoming hotter and dryer; heat, humidity, and summer stress, are all factors in our north Florida gardening endeavors. Learn about some of our heat busting favorites as we peruse the gardens, and find some new drought tolerant plants for your yard.

Animals in the Garden – April 5
We can finally say it, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Join us for a quick paced old-fashioned walking tour of the Zoo.  Learn exciting tidbits about the plants, Zoo animals, and Zoo history as we explore more than just the Gardens and come meet this year’s newest additions to our animal collection. 

Spring is in the Air – May 3
Take time to stop and smell the roses.  So much is popping out with beautiful buds and fragrant flowers.  Come stroll the gardens to ooh and aah at Nature’s handiwork and see what April’s showers brought us this year. 

Wildlife Gardening – June 7
Animals, birds, butterflies, bees, and other insects all depend on plants for their survival, and more and more, they need our help.  With the increase in invasive plants and expansive turf grass yards, local wildlife has less available food and habitat in which to survive.  Come walk thru the Gardens with us while we point out wonderful wildlife attracting plants that fit easily into any garden.

For questions about the tours you can call (904) 757-4463 ext 153.