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The Garden Tour Series – bringing people and plants together

Join one of the Zoo’s horticulturists for this garden tour series.  Each tour will focus on specific gardening topics including, growing vegetables, water gardening, using native plants in the landscape and much more.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to gardening, there will be something for you to learn and apply to your own gardening projects.

Information:
Tours 90 minutes, rain or shine
10:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $15 – members receive $5 discount
Maximum: 20 people
Reservations are required

The Garden Tour Series 2017 Schedule:

March Tours

Come Grow with Us

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Greenhouse and Ziems Conservatory

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our greenhouse facility; home to a unique variety of plants suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.  Get a sneak peek at what we have planned for our summer annual displays and take home some tips on how to start and grow healthy annuals, vegetables and indoor foliage plants.

  • Tuesday, March 14
  • Tuesday, March 28

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June Tours

A Taste of the Garden

Vegetable and Herb Garden Tour

Interested in vegetables and herbs?  Take a stroll around the Zoo’s vegetable and herb gardens as we discuss the components necessary for growing a successful harvest: site preparation, variety selection and growing in everything from raised beds to patio containers.

Tuesday, June 13

A Taste of the Garden 2

Aquatic Plants, Fountains and Pools

Water Garden Tour

At first glance, water gardening may seem too complex for the average gardener but nothing could be further from the truth.  Join us for a look at the Zoo’s water features and get advice on plant and site selection, along with starting and maintaining a water garden of your own.

Tuesday, June 27

July Tours

Using Native Plants in the Landscape

Native Plant Tour

Come join us for a garden tour where you will discover the enjoyment of adding natives to your garden.  As with all plants, natives have specific requirements to grow healthy and thrive. Discover which native plants might be right for you and learn how to make a maintainable and attractive landscape.

Tuesday, July 11

Blooms for Bees, Butterflies and Birds

Pollinator Garden Tour

Discover ways to invite important pollinators into your garden.  Learn information about how cultural practices, plant diversity, flower color and season of bloom all play a part in attracting these important insects and animals into your garden.

Tuesday, July 25

August Tours

Stop and Smell the Roses

Rose Garden Tour

If you have ever wanted to know how to grow roses at home then this is the tour for you.  Taking place in the Sara A. Coley Rose Garden, the tour will focus on practices and techniques you need to know to keep your roses vigorous and blooming all season long.

Tuesday, August 8

The Art of Growing Plants in Containers

Container and Hanging Basket Tour

Learn how to bring the joy of gardening to even the smallest spaces on this tour of the Zoo’s container gardens.  We will share our thoughts and ideas on container choices, soil mixes, plant combinations and fertilizing to help you design your own colorful creations.

Tuesday, August 22

September Tours

Trees Please!

Tree Tour

Wander under the canopies of the Zoo’s mature trees and learn how to choose the correct tree for a space, properly prune and provide general care for the trees in your yard.  Discover the benefits trees can provide for you!

Tuesday, September 12

Growing Foliage Plants

Indoor Plant Tour

With cold weather right around the corner, it is the perfect time to turn your attention to indoor plants.  Join us as we walk through some of our interior landscapes and learn how to properly care for foliage plants by providing the proper lighting, watering and soil mixes.

Tuesday, September 26

October Tours

Planting for Winter Landscapes

Winter Interest Tour

Winter is often thought of as the season of barren landscapes but with proper plant selection this is far from true.  There are many plants that can provide four seasons of interest including those with decorative bark, berries or dried blooms.  Join us to discover how plants can provide winter interest in your landscape.

Tuesday, October 24

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