Gardening Programs

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.
Learn more about Second Saturdays Garden Tours

Gardening Classes

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.


Urban Gardening: Troughs and Planters Slideshow
Director of Horticulture Brian Houck led green thumbs in making their own “antique” planters.