In its first 100 years, the San Diego Zoo has blossomed into a world-renowned botanical garden.
Join us for a bountiful harvest of fun activities and experiences celebrating our first-class flora. Explore our lush landscape of rare species, discover our accredited collections, and take home some ideas and plants for yourself.
Come see how we’ve grown! Saturday and Sunday, May 7 – 8, 2016.
The San Diego Zoo’s own zany Dr. Zoolittle has been bringing fun and facts to audiences for decades. In his newest show, he’s bringing back some blasts from the past to wow young and old alike.
Climb aboard for a special look at our world-class botanical collection, narrated by a San Diego Zoo horticulturist.
Stop by the Mercado and pick out a bit of Zoo greenery to take home. The plants for sale were propagated from plants on Zoo grounds. A horticulturist will be on hand to help you choose the best plant for your needs.
Carnivorous plants get most of their nutrition from the insects they “eat,” so they’re able to thrive where other plants can’t. Discover the secrets of these misunderstood plants.
Make some special floral art to take home.
Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed plants for food, as caterpillars. Join us in preparing a feast for future generations by planting milkweed seeds. Learn about plant conservation projects that help our native wildlife, and the San Diego Zoo's new collaboration with the Center for Plant Conservation.
Follow the clues to root out some of the oldest and largest plants in the Zoo—and unearth a prize to take home!
We’ve dug deep into our archives to find “baby pictures” of some of the plants still on grounds today. Take a trip back in time and see some of our oldest/biggest plants, then and now.
Stroll through our orchid house and see specimens you won’t believe!
We have thousands of trees of all shapes and sizes on our 100 acres. Find out how our arborists use tools and knowledge to keep them thriving.
Join Matilda Koala and her costume character friends for hellos, hugs, and photos.
Most plants need healthy soil to thrive, and Nature has a system to make that happen. As plant matter rots, nutrients are made available to the soil. Say hello to wiggly worms that do the hard work of breaking down dead plants, and find out how you can start composting at home.
Dip into the world of bromeliads. Found in rain forests, most bromeliads collect a pool of water in their centers and flower above the cup, which forms an oasis for insects and small animals.
The arid areas of Madagascar are home to some odd-looking plants with noteworthy adaptations. Stop by and discover the many ways “odd” can be awesome.
Discover the wonderful world of Australian plants and how you can have them at home.
Discover the secrets of bamboo—and how we grow so much for our pandas.
We grow some of our Galápagos tortoises’ favorite foods right here at the Zoo. Watch them enjoy a treat, and find out how and why we raise cactus pads and hibiscus flowers for our oldest reptile residents.
Get the scoop on gardening in San Diego by tapping into the vast knowledge of the San Diego Master Gardeners volunteers.