February 8, 2012

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

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Zoo’s Adopt-a-Garden program seeks
experienced gardeners Orientation set for February 25

Adopt-a-Garden, the Louisville Zoo’s volunteer botanical gardening program, is seeking experienced gardeners. Now in its third year, the program will allow individuals, families (ages 18+) and groups with green thumbs to adopt specific garden sites throughout the Zoo. Signs will mark each garden site with the individual’s or group’s name.

A required orientation session, which includes an overview of the Adopt-a-Garden program, will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Gheens Room in The Islands exhibit.

The program runs mid-April through mid-November, and sizes and locations of garden plots vary. This program is designed for experienced gardeners and no training is provided.

Participants are required to submit a plan for their area and will be responsible for planting the garden, weeding, watering and maintaining it throughout the growing season, including spring and fall bed clean up. Cost of plants will be at the volunteer’s expense or, with prior permission, plants can be brought in from volunteers’ own gardens. The cost of plants may be tax deductible.

“The Zoo offers a unique venue for skilled gardeners to exercise their talents,” said Diane Taylor, Coordinator of the program. “It will also allow them to meet Zoo Keepers and learn more about animals.”

For additional information and to RSVP for the required orientation session, contact Diane Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers at the Louisville Zoo, at mary.taylor@louisvilleky.gov.

For other volunteer opportunities at the Louisville Zoo, visit louisvillezoo.org/jobs/volunteer.


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