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Welcome to the Louisville Zoo's  Horticulture Area

If you think the Zoo’s horticulture department hibernates in the fall and winter like most of our foliage, think again. This time of year is actually one of the busiest times of the year for the Zoo’s horticulture department, especially with all the snow scenarios this winter!  We are all looking forward to warmer weather and getting into our gardens.

Our Zoo team wants to inspire spring thoughts by encouraging you to start planning your own garden beds and reserving your high-quality  ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. You can get a jump on your order this year by reserving your product online. You can also purchase product in the Zoo's bus parking lot every Saturday in April while supplies last.

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The Horticulture department is going green. Staff has started using two new products that are much greener than some of the older ones.  We now use a chainsaw bar oil lubricant that is called BioPlus Oil manufactured by STIHL. It has a vegetable oil base and decomposes almost entirely within 21 days making it less harmful to plants, animals, and us. STIHL also has a product called Stihl HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil. It too decomposes within 21 days and offers great lubrication since it is a synthetic oil.

The Horticulture and Maintenance departments have teamed up to recycle metal products. 

About William Nay,
Zoo Horticulture

Will is a graduate Oldham County High School
and received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture
from Eastern Kentucky University.