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.
Garden Tours 2023 Schedule
Plants drive the planet’s ecosystems. Learn about the Zoo’s endangered and rare plants
Where do garden plants come from? All over the world! Learn about our plants’ journeys.
Get up close with the important stuff that grows our plants – soil – and the environment it creates.
Focus on trees, big and small! They provide shade, shelter and food, and shape the landscape.
What do ferns, mosses, cycads and ginkoes have in common? Yep, we’re talking plants: living fossils that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. On Sunday May 7, the Zoo’s lead horticulturalist Bryon Jones will give you a tour of this Jurassic Zoo.
Explore plants that have adapted to dry landscapes like that of Baja California – and how they help us save water.
Find out how to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds at our Pollinator Garden.
Take a tour of vibrant, leafy plants that evoke a sense of being in the jungle or a tropical paradise. Bamboo, banana, perennials, evergreens – meet the tropical plants that thrive in our Northwest climate.
We reuse and recycle our plants! Learn about plants that zoo animals eat or play with, from willow to bamboo, banana to kiwi.
Thorns, spikes and zig-zagging stems, oh my! Find all the eerie plant species around the Zoo.
Tangy mint smell. Velvety flowers. Giant sandpapery leaves. Visit a garden with ALL of your senses, and you experience the plant world in a totally different way.
The Asian Forest Sanctuary is home to many varieties of bamboo, elegant and tasty for animals. Discover how you can create this paradise at home!
Bring a group And dive into the landscape.
Want to spend even more time with our plants? Book a private Zoo For You Botanical Tour! During this hour-long tour, you’ll spend time getting to know the Zoo’s more rooted residents with a member of our horticulture team.