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.

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

African vegetables and flowers remind us of the exotic origins of many of our regional...
This corner of the Zoo is especially attractive to butterflies and their hungry...
Boxwoods, viburnum and holly flourish in this beautiful corner of the...
Storm water management never looked as good as it does at our Fountain...
Shady characters like leopard plants make this garden their den For garden information, download the...
This is Norfolk, not Bali, but just look at the hardy and tender plants that create a tropical illusion For garden information, download the...
Heirloom flowers and vegetables stand, climb and sprawl proudly with their contemporary counterparts For garden information, download the...
This array of fruit trees and plants is hard to miss as you walk through the Zoo See what’s growing – from pears to eggplants, strawberries and kale, the Animal Wellness campus has it...