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.
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. Click here to register.
Non- Members (Zoo admission is included in price): $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.
For questions about the tours you can call (904) 757-4463 ext 153.
First Saturday Garden Tour Schedule
Welcome back! September 7
The Garden Tours are back! After an overly extended spring break the First Saturday Garden Tours are back for the fall season! Join us as we get back into the tour groove, strolling through the gardens discussing what’s hot, what’s not and what will grow for you.
Butterfly Gardening October 5
Come enjoy the butterflies as they flutter by while we point out the important plants that attract those elegantly peaceful insects to your garden. With the right plants and a little patience you can enjoy the wonders of the whole butterfly life cycle right in your own back yard. ~tour is structured for adults
Ole Timey Garden Stories November 2
This history filled storytelling trip will discuss some of our old fashioned garden favorites that not only help build the foundation to our gardens but also our nation. Join us as Senior Horticulture Technician, Scott, shares with us the history, folklore, and uses of some of our most beloved natives.
AAAAHHHH! BAMBOO! Dec 7
Meander with us thru Asia as Horticulture Technician II, Patrick, points out 10 of his all-time favorite bamboo. Learn the difference between the bad running and the good clumping bamboo. Figure out the proper place in your garden for one of these beautiful gentle giants and see the best ways to prune, tend, and propagate the giant of the grasses.