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
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.
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.
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.