Gardens

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Garden Tour Series

Join the Zoo's horticulturists for our Garden Tour Series. Each tour is guided by a Zoo horticulture staff member who will discuss different gardening topics, including: growing tips, best watering practices and much more. Whether you are a seasoned green thumb or gardening greenhorn, there will be something to learn and apply to at-home gardening projects.

Garden Workshop Series

Join us for a hands-on specialty themed take-home workshop! During each event, a Zoo horticulturist will advise on creation and maintenance of your unique item. Workshops include all necessary materials, a light brunch and specialty (alcoholic and non) drinks.


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Tours and Workshops

Tours

Come Grow with Us – A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Greenhouse and Ziems Conservatory

Tue, Feb. 11, 2020
10:30 a.m.

Sun, March 8, 2020
1:30 p.m.

Ziems Conservatory

$10 for members/$15 for non-members
Complimentary Zoo admission and parking in the Broadway lot

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.

Limited to 15 guests.
No rainchecks or refunds.

Workshops

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Sat, Dec. 7, 2019
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Description: Let us help you deck the halls and bring joy to your world with our Holiday Wreath Workshop! Our horticulture staff will provide all the materials and guidance needed to create a beautiful evergreen wreath to grace your front door or holiday table. No experience necessary, just bring your creative spirit, enjoy the ambiance set by holiday music and seasonal sweets & spirits and leave with an amazing arrangement. Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 30 guests. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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Healthy Houseplant Workshop

Sat, Jan 11, 2020
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Indoor tropical plants are proven to improve/refresh air quality and increase humidity in your home, along with promoting good health and sharpening mental focus. Let our horticulture staff help you improve the health of your home and humans by creating a custom houseplant arrangement in a decorative glazed ceramic planter. To fuel your creativity, we will be serving a light brunch of pastries and sangria with fresh fruit, coffee and water. No experience necessary, just bring your friends and imagination and leave with your own easy-to-care-for planter with saucer! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 31 guests. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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Windowsill Herb Garden Workshop

Sat, Jan. 25, 2020
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$50 for members/$55 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Bring your summer garden into your kitchen window and learn how to care for and grow fragrant herbs for cooking all winter long. Chalkboard plant labels will be provided. To fuel your creativity, we will be serving a light brunch of pastries and mojitos with fresh mint grown by our horticulture staff! No experience necessary, just bring your friends and imagination and leave with your own piece of perfection! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 30 guests. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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Orchid Terrarium Workshop

Sat, Feb 8 & 22, 2020
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Bring the beauty and benefits of a garden indoors this winter when our horticulture staff provides all the materials and guidance needed to create a personalized terrarium. What is a terrarium? A miniature garden planted in a glass container. This year’s terrariums have lids, so no water is actually needed! This amazing creation will produce enough condensation to water & self-sustain. Complimentary pastries and beverages will be provided to fuel your creativity. No experience necessary, just bring your friends and creativity and leave with your own terrific terrarium! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 31 guests per day. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

Tiered Succulent Garden Workshop

Sat, March 7 & 21, 2020
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

It’s time for another round of botany and bubbly at our take-home Tiered Succulent Garden Workshop! Succulents are low maintenance plants that store water in their leaves...meaning less remembering to water them. Succulent planters make beautiful centerpieces, brighten windowsills during the dull winter months and can then be moved to grace the patio in the summer. Our horticulture staff will provide all the materials and guidance needed to create a professional yet personalized planter. To fuel your creativity, a light brunch of pastries, mimosas, coffee and more will be served! No experience necessary, just bring your friends and imagination and leave with your own super easy succulent planter! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 30 guests per day. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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March 21

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Tasty Tropical Container Workshop

Sat, April 4, 2020
10 a.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.)
Carson Family Education Center at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot.

Create a beautiful glazed ceramic container full of edible roots and fruits that can be grown in your home and transferred outdoors in the summer. Learn about growing bananas, turmeric, ginger and pineapple and how to utilize the benefits of these tropical plants. Our horticulture staff will provide all the materials and guidance needed to create a professional yet personalized planter. To fuel your creativity, a light brunch of pastries, mimosas, coffee and more will be served. No experience necessary, just bring your friends and imagination and leave with your own palatable planter! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 31 guests. Light refreshments -alcoholic and non- will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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Summer Showoff Workshop & Tour

Sat, May 30, 2020
9 a.m. (Gates open at 8:45 a.m.)
Ziems Conservatory at the Zoo

$60 for members/$65 for non-members
Complimentary admission to the Zoo and parking in the Broadway parking lot.

Take a tour of all our summer flowering annual displays and then create a beautiful annual container of your own! Our horticulture staff will provide all the materials and guidance needed to create a delightful display in a glazed ceramic planter. No experience necessary, just bring your friends and imagination and leave with your own amazing annual planter! Event is kid-friendly.

Limited to 32 guests. Light refreshments will be provided.
Due to the limited seating and supplies, no rainchecks or refunds.

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