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Botanical Garden Tours Are Back at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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bryon jones standing with echium pininana

Bryon Jones. Courtesy of the PDZA.

Join horticulturalists for a guided tour through Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s stunning botanical paradise on the first Sunday of each month.

Guests will see and learn about a variety of native plants, and rarer species of succulents, and exotic flowers with lead horticulturalist Bryon Jones. Jones also is available to share gardening tips and respond to questions.

Visitors will discover how a number of plants within the zoo, such as banana leaves and bamboo shoots, are used for feeding the animals, among other topics.

Remaining Tour Schedule

Sept. 5: Leafy and Fruit Hors D’oeuvres

The zoo reuses and recycles its plants. Learn about plants that zoo animals eat or play with.

Oct. 3: Savage Garden

Thorns, spikes, and zig-zagging stems, oh my! Find all the eerie plant species around the zoo.

Nov. 7: Plant Journeys

Where do garden plants come from? All over the world. Learn about the plants’ journeys.

Dec. 5: Create a Bamboo Paradise

The Asian Forest Sanctuary is home to many varieties of bamboo — elegant and tasty for animals.

Private tours also are available for a fee with advanced reservations. Find more information here.