Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Home of the world famous hippo Fiona. Family friendly Zoo committed to inspiring visitors with wildlife and saving species.
Our small edible garden, located near the Schott Education Center, is meant to demonstrate how easily and compactly a productive vegetable garden can be built. It was designed and constructed by Zoo Hort Staff in collaboration with Peter Huttinger of the Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati and Tracy Williams of Greensleeve Designs of Louisville, KY. Featured are raised vegetable beds, which will rotate between legumes (beans and peas), cole crops (kale, cabbage, cauliflower), tomatoes, peppers, and more. From vertical window boxes, we will harvest a rich diversity of nutritious lettuces, other greens, and herbs. A small orchard of trees and assorted berries will provide fruit.
Come visit the garden, explore and learn! Gardening is fun and enriching. It benefits us and the planet.
Chipotle Edible Gardens
Guests are invited to sample produce from the Chipotle Edible Gardens during growing season.
The Zoo’s aquaponics system, built in one of our Greenhouses, was designed to show how folks can build their own family-scale, aquaponic garden from materials available at local hardware/landscaping stores.
Read more on the aquaponics system here