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 

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

Volunteers & Partners

Volunteers and community partners help bring magic to the Zoo.


Horticulture Events 

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

Horticulture Fund

Make a gift to keep the gardens blooming.