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. 
$20 Non-Member    $10 Member

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

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.

Pre-registration is required.


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