Garden Festival

Join in a bouquet of activities and experiences for all ages, whether you have a green thumb or just wish you did! Discover the wealth of beautiful and fascinating plants at the Zoo, and connect with garden experts who can give you the dirt on all things botanical and horticultural .

It’s a blooming good time! Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, 2015.

Activities

Zoo Character Meet & Greet
Location: Sydney's Grill
Time: 10, and 11 a.m., Noon, and 1 p.m.

Join Matilda Koala and her costume character friends for hellos, hugs, and photos.

California Poppy Power
Location: Australian Outback
Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Help native wildflowers survive by creating a seed ball to take home and plant. Your yard will be blooming beautiful in no time!

Scavenger Hunt
Location: Various Locations
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Follow the clues to locate flowers and plants. Fill in the answers, then take your completed Scavenger Hunt sheet to the ZooStore and claim your prize!

Orchid House
Location: Africa Rocks
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stroll through our orchid propagation house, located between the Kopje and meerkat exhibits, and see specimens you won’t believe!

Sparkletts
Location: Discovery Outpost
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Water is life for plants, people, and animals alike. Enjoy a cool drink of life-sustaining water as you explore the many ways plants rely on moisture.

Power of a Flower
Location: Discovery Outpost
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Discover the what, why, and how of each part of a blossom, and test your flower power. 

Can You Dig It?
Location: Discovery Outpost
Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Get the dirt on what makes up good soil.

Collections Connection
Location: Discovery Outpost
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find out about some of unique plant collections and how we use plants to benefit both animals and people at the Zoo.

Zoo Botanical Tours
Location: Discovery Outpost
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pick up self-guided tour brochures and branch out to discover more about our Zoo gardens.

Far Out Flowers
Location: Elephant Odyssey
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Check out the many sizes, shapes, and colors of orchids and other amazing flowers. 

Bloomin’ Safari
Location: Front Street
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Meet plant researchers, discover an important native plant, and make one of its big blossoms.

San Diego Master Gardeners
Location: Front Street
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Harvest a crop of ideas and answers for your home garden from experts with “advice to grow by”!

Butterfly Mini Way Station
Location: Australian Outback
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find out how to make your yard a way station to help butterflies survive.

Entertainment

Dr. Zoolittle's Garden Superheroes
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time: 12:30, & 1:30 p.m.

In this fun, interactive show, the zany Dr. Zoolittle reveals the secret powers of those garden superheroes, the flowers. 

Animal Experiences

Animal Ambassadors
Location: Front Street
Time: 9 & 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m.

Get a great look at some of our animal ambassadors and get the scoop on what makes them special. Our enthusiastic animal handlers have lots of great information and fun stories to share…and some amazing animals to introduce you to!

Koala Keeper Talk
Location: Australian Outback
Time: 1 p.m.

We grow 40 varieties of eucalyptus to feed our koala colony. Hear stories from a keeper about our koalas’ personal preferences and other stories about these marvelous marsupials.

Insect Keeper Talk
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time: 11:30 a.m., & 1 p.m.

Discover why insects are more important to our survival than you may think. Get a whole new perspective of these astonishing animals.