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In Animals & Plants


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

Horticulture Mission Statement

The Horticulture Department’s mission is to enhance the grounds and exhibits while providing diverse educational opportunities and experiences to visitors.

What is Zoo Horticulture?

Zoo horticulture 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 Marie Butler at (757) 441-2374, ext. 250 or

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