Join Lincoln Park Zoo's Gardening Program
While Lincoln Park Zoo is a world-renowned home for wildlife, it’s also one of the city’s most-visited gardens. Grow your green thumb with zoo horticulture experts—sign up today for a gardening class in Chicago!
Second Saturdays Garden Tours
April–October, the second Saturday of every month
Join Lincoln Park Zoo’s horticulture department for a free look at how they keep the grounds beautiful. New plants and areas will be highlighted each month as they blossom with the seasons.
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Saturday, March 16
Starting Seeds: Inviting Spring Inside
Learn how to get seeds started and give them proper care in the cooler months so they’re ready to thrive in the spring and summer.
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Saturday, April 20
Designing Nature: Success at Nature Boardwalk
Director of horticulture Brian Houck and Mason Fidino of the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute lead a tour of Nature Boardwalk while participants learn about the success of this one-of-a-kind zoo ecosystem.
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Saturday, May 4
Herb Window Boxes 101
Learn how to prepare, grow and care for herbs throughout the season. Take home your very own planted herbs!
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Wednesdays, May 22, June 26, July 24 and August 28
Join a zoo horticulturist and an animal expert on an after-hours stroll through the zoo. Discover seasonal highlights in the zoo gardens and animal behavior unique to this time of day.
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Zoo Gardens Series
Learn from the zoo’s horticulturists how to choose plants suitable for our Midwestern climate, plus low-maintenance and sustainable strategies for getting a lot of bang for your garden bucks. Sessions include a short presentation along with a walkabout on zoo grounds.
- June 15—Zoo Gardens: Perennials
- July 27—Zoo Gardens: Natives
- August 24—Zoo Gardens: Trees and Shrubs
- September 21—Zoo Gardens: Strategies for Small Space Gardening
Saturday, July 20
Gardens for Butterflies
Join the zoo’s curator of horticulture, Mike Davenport, for a tour highlighting plants that support local butterfly populations. Learn how to grow host and nectar plants that will transform a sunny patch into a vibrant, butterfly-friendly space.
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Urban Gardening: Troughs and Planters Slideshow
Director of Horticulture Brian Houck led green thumbs in making their own “antique” planters.