Stroll through the Toledo Zoo’s beautiful gardens and see how they grow, bloom and change throughout the season. A Master Gardener/Zoo horticulturist team will highlight different aspects of gardening each month, along with historical information about the gardens, greenhouses and Conservatory.
These 90-minute walking tours, on the third Wednesday of each month, are free with regular Zoo admission, June through September. Reservations are not required, but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Master Gardeners receive one hour of continuing education credit for each tour attended.
June 19 – vegetable and herb gardening
Meet at the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. 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
Meet at the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. A horticulturist discusses the advantages of native gardening, including trees, shrubs and perennials, along with growing requirements and cultural practices.
August 21 – water gardening
Meet at the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. 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
Meet at the Safari Railway in Africa! at 9:30 a.m. Explore the Zoo’s unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and annual plants that mimic Africa’s landscape.
While you’re at the Zoo, don’t miss Wild Walkabout, presented by Mercy, which takes you to the fascinating natural world of Australia. Your adventure starts with a walk-through wallaby exhibit and continues with dingoes, cassowaries and more. In the Reptile House, check out the huge saltwater crocodile brought here by Block Communications, Inc. – at 17 feet long, the largest in North America! — along with some of Australia’s deadliest snakes. Or relax in the Museum of Science with a Great Barrier Reef exhibit that showcases the intrigue of Australia’s coastal waters.
And if that weren’t enough, the Zoo’s twin polar bear cubs, Suka and Sakari, are on exhibit daily at the Arctic Encounter. Travel from Africa to Australia to the Arctic – all in one day at your Toledo Zoo.
This summer, the Zoo is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zoo 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 on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. Valid ID showing proof of residency is required.
The Toledo Zoo is committed to inspiring others to join in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. As part of that mission, The Toledo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation. AZA member institutions are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.
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