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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.

UPCOMING DATES: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6

2022 Schedule

Jan. 2
Vanishing Flora
Plants drive the planet's ecosystems. Learn about the Zoo's endangered and rare plants.
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Feb. 6
Plant Journeys
Where do garden plants come from? All over the world! Learn about our plants' journeys.
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March 6
Soils!
Get up close with the important stuff that grows our plants - soil - and the environment it creates.
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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