Stroll through the Toledo Zoo’s beautiful gardens and see how they grow, bloom and change throughout the season. The Zoo’s popularWatch It Grow garden tour series highlights different aspects of gardening each month, along with historical information about the Zoo’s gardens and grounds.
These 90-minute walking tours are free with regular Zoo admission. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Unless indicated otherwise, reservations are not required; just meet at the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Master Gardeners receive one hour of continuing education credit for each tour attended.
March 20 – Greenhouse Tour: because space is limited, registration is required for this tour (call 419.385.5721, ext. 2039 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot). Includes a tour of the Zoo’s Greenhouse and a program on plant propagation. Get online Zoo admission discounts, good through March 22, at toledozoo.org.
June 19 – Vegetable & Herb Gardening: learn how the Zoo creates its impressive vegetable and herb gardens, from site preparation and variety selection to gardening with raised beds or in small spaces.
July 17 – Native Plants: a horticulturist discusses the advantages of native gardening, including trees, shrubs and perennials, along with growing requirements and cultural practices.
August 21 – Water Gardening: join a Master Gardener/Zoo horticulturist team to learn about hardy and non-hardy plants to include in your water garden, along with maintenance, containers, pumps, filtration and more.
September 18 – Africa! Plants: time and meeting place to be determined. Explore the Zoo’s unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals plants that mimic Africa’s landscape.
Details are available at toledozoo.org/gardentours.
The Toledo Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (starting May 4, weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
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