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Garden Adoptions

Adopt a Garden LogoCalling all gardening enthusiasts!
The Louisville Zoo is looking for individuals, families and groups with experienced green thumbs to join our volunteer gardening program — Adopt-a-Garden!

Started in 2010, this program offers the opportunity to adopt a garden site in the Louisville Zoo and care for it the entire growing season. Specific garden sites in the Zoo may be adopted by individuals, families or groups (ages 16 and older). The diverse garden plots are scattered throughout the Zoo, offering a range of sizes to accommodate your preference!

After volunteers sign up and select a garden plot, they will submit a plan for their plot. Volunteers are responsible for planting, weeding, watering, and maintaining your garden plot throughout the growing season, including putting it to bed in the autumn. Volunteers will purchase their own plants (which may be tax-deductible). With prior permission, volunteers may also bring plants from their own yards. Individual garden signs proudly displaying the volunteer’s name will mark each garden site.

The season runs mid-April through mid-November. Gardeners may enter the Zoo and work in their plots as early as 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or later when the Zoo has extended hours. 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.

We hope you will indulge your passion for gardening and help make the Louisville Zoo an even more beautiful resource for our community. For additional information or to adopt a garden, contact Diane Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers by email


Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: MetaZoo Amphitheater

Orientation for Adopt-a-Garden volunteers to learn morewill occur on April 13 at 1 p.m. at the MetaZoo amphitheatre. Please register in advance with Diane Taylor, coordinator of volunteers, to attend. Your participatiion in this orientation does not obligate you to participate in the program.


Additional information about the Volunteer program can be found by clicking here.

Thanks for your support!