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Zoo Gardens and Garden Links

Come see the animals in our gardens! Our gardens set the stage for guests and Zoo residents.

To help you enjoy your visit to our gardens, we listed our gardens and have included a downloadable PDF for each that includes plant information and more.  Print out a copy of these handouts and bring them with you the next time you visit the Zoo to enhance your enjoyment of our creations.

AfricanVillageGarden African Village Garden
African vegetables and flowers remind us of the exotic origins of many of our regional favorites. For garden information, download the PDF.
MonarchSwanPlantA Butterfly Garden
This corner of the Zoo is especially attractive to butterflies and their hungry caterpillars. For garden information, download the PDF.
ColorGarden Color Gardens
Pick your favorite from white, blue, orange and yellow themed gardens. For garden information, download the PDF.
HerbGardenA Herb Garden
Beauty and usefulness blend in the Herb Garden. For garden information, download the PDF.
RoseGarden Organic Rose Garden
Antique and modern roses flourish with no artificial life support in this beautiful corner of the Zoo. For garden information, download the PDF.
GrassGardenA Ornamental Grass Garden
Sample the diverse forms and colors of the many grasses that grow throughout the Zoo. For garden information, download the PDF.
RainGarden Rain Garden
Storm water management never looked as good as it does at our Fountain Plaza. For garden information, download the PDF.
ShadeGarden Shade Garden
Shady characters like leopard plants make this garden their den. For garden information, download the PDF.
TropicalGarden Tropical Garden
This is Norfolk, not Bali, but just look at the hardy and tender plants that create a tropical illusion. For garden information, download the PDF.
BarnyardGardenA Virginia Barnyard Garden
Please note that the Barnyard Garden is temporarily closed while the Zoo Farm is being renovated. Heirloom flowers and vegetables stand, climb and sprawl proudly with their contemporary counterparts. For garden information, download the PDF.

Learn about our partners other garden resources in our region by visiting these websites:

Association for Zoological Horticulture

Ernie Morgan Environmental Center

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course

Elizabeth River Project

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Norfolk Master Gardeners

Virginia Cooperative Extension

The Fred Heutte Center

The Hermitage Foundation

Tidewater Community College

Butterfly Society of Virginia

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