LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Press Release) -- Adopt-a-Garden, the Louisville Zoo’s volunteer botanical gardening program, is seeking experienced gardeners. Now in its second year, the program will allow individuals, families, ages 18 and older, 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.
“This is a wonderful way for gardeners to indulge in their passion for gardening while helping make the Louisville Zoo an even more beautiful resource for our community,” said Diane Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers at the Louisville Zoo.
A required orientation session, which includes an overview of the Adopt-a-Garden program, will be held on Saturday, March 19, 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,” Taylor said. “It will also allow them to meet zookeepers and learn about animals. Some Adopt-a-Garden participants might even want to create a gorilla salad bar or grow food for other exotic species as an alternative to flowers.”
For additional information and to RSVP for the required orientation session, contact Diane Taylor, Coordinator of Volunteers at the Louisville Zoo, at 502-238-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other volunteer opportunities at the Louisville Zoo, visit http://www.louisvillezoo.org/jobs/volunteer.