Most visitors come to the Virginia Zoo with animals on their mind, but plants are the first thing they see!

The horticulture at the Zoo sets the stage for guests and residents of the Zoo. We create naturalistic habitats for exotic and native animals. We design, grow and plant themed gardens, and provide fresh plant treats for animals.

Our Gardens 
Come see the animals in our gardens – from organic roses to lush tropical plants to exotic African vegetables.

Horticulture Highlights
Meet our staff, learn about volunteering, download information about our gardens, find links to other pages and more!

Horticulture Events 
We partner with community organizations to create a more beautiful world with plants and people.

Contact Us
For more information on our gardens, please contact Brian Francis at (757) 441-2374, ext. 243 or brian.francis@norfolk.gov.