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Botanical Garden Tours

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Cacti. Bamboo. Leaves, trunks, flowers. Did you know the Zoo is also a botanical garden, home to hundreds of varieties of plants from decorative to functional? Zookeepers use some of the plant growth, such as banana leaves and bamboo shoots, as food or skill-building tools for the animals. The plants also create a stunning botanical paradise.

Take a botanical garden tour with our horticulturalist Bryon Jones and be awed by the power of plants at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

When: 10 am on the first Sunday of every month

Where: Meet at Pacific Rim Plaza, just inside Zoo front gate

Cost: Free with admission or membership

Private tours: Bring a group for your very own private tour (fee applies). Booking required.

NOTE: Tours resume Aug. 1.

2021 Schedule

Aug. 1
Deserts & Baja
Explore plants that have adapted to dry landscapes like Baja California - and how they save water.
Sept. 5
Leafy and Fruity Hors d'Oeuvres
We reuse and recycle our plants! Learn about plants that zoo animals eat or play with.
Read the story
Oct. 3
Savage Garden
Thorns, spikes and zig-zagging stems, oh my! Find all the eerie plant species around the Zoo.
Read the story
Nov. 7
Plant Journeys
Where do garden plants come from? All over the world! Learn about our plants' journeys.
Dec. 5
Create a Bamboo Paradise
The Asian Forest Sanctuary is home to many varieties of bamboo, elegant and tasty for animals.
Plant Stories
Explore our garden!
Our Zoo is also a botanical garden, with a myriad of species from around the world. Read their stories.
Plant stories

Private Garden Tours

Bring a group.
And dive into our landscape.
Love plants? Got a group? Book a private botanical garden tour, and our horticulturalist Bryon Jones will take you on a deep dive of the lush Zoo landscape!
Private Garden Tours