Cincinnati Zoo Brings Nature to Neighbors

Posted June 21, 2023 by Michelle Curley

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s horticulture team and community partners brought 2000 perennials from Rockdale Urban Learning Garden, which were potted by Rockdale students earlier this year, to Irving Playground in Avondale for a mass planting yesterday. The playground is on Forest Ave., directly across from the future site of Elephant Trek.

The goal was to plant a giant pollinator garden during National Pollinator Week and was funded by a grant from National Environmental Educator’s Foundation focused on increasing pollinator habitats in urban settings through community engagement.  Mission accomplished!

Special thanks to the Groundwork Green Team, volunteers from our partner Madtree Brewery, and our Avondale partners. We worked with the SafeGrowth team to reimagine this space and make it a beautiful, fun, safe place for people and wildlife.

Irving Playground Before

Irving Playground During

Irving Playground After