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Adopt a Garden

The Louisville Zoological Garden would like to introduce our new volunteer gardening program called "Adopt A Garden."

Experienced green thumbs are invited to adopt a garden site in the Louisville Zoo and care for it for the entire growing season. Specific garden sites in the Zoo may be adopted by individuals, families or groups. Sizes of the garden plots vary and they are located throughout the Zoo.

After volunteers sign and select a garden plot, they will submit a plan for their plot.  Volunteers are responsible for planting the garden, weeding, watering and maintaining it throughout the growing season, including putting it to bed in the fall.  Cost of plants is at the volunteers expense or, with prior permission, they can bring plants from their own yards. The cost of plants may be tax deductible. Individual garden signs with the volunteer's name will mark each garden site.

There is no training provided as this is program designed for experienced gardeners. However, benefits include meeting the keepers and learning about the animals while helping to beautify your Zoo. In your garden you may want to create a Gorilla salad bar or grow food for other exotic species as an alternative to flowers.

The season runs mid-April through mid-November. All persons interested in adopting a garden will be required to attend an orientation session where the specific details of the program will be discussed. Gardeners will be able to enter the Zoo as early as 8:00 a.m. and can garden until 4 p.m. throughout the Zoo in selected areas.

This new opportunity is a wonderful way to indulge your passion for gardening and help make the Louisville Zoo an even more beautiful resource for our community. Come join us!

For additional information or to adopt a garden, contact Diane Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers at the Louisville Zoo, (502) 238-5350, mary.taylor@louisvilleky.gov