HORTICULTURE

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.

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

Our Gardens 

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.

Volunteers & Partners

Volunteers and community partners help bring magic to the Zoo. See how you can become a volunteer and help us bring our gardens to life, or find out what a community partner can do for the plants – and animals – that call the Zoo home.

Horticulture Events 

Check our calendar of events for the latest Horticulture happenings. From earning your green thumb in the Untamed Arts series, to horticulture talks and tours, there’s a nature event at the Zoo to get ag-cited about.

Horticulture Fund

Make a gift to keep the gardens blooming. Your gift can help the Zoo continue to grow, inspire conservation actions and have a lasting impact on the thousands of families and school children that visit the Virginia Zoo annually.