Gardener Experience

Calling all gardening enthusiasts! Come and spend an afternoon at Bristol Zoo tending to our award-winning botanical gardens alongside our experienced team. Pick from a selection of themed months depending on what interests you the most, ranging from working on our famous Herbaceous Border to assisting with tropical plant displays. This is a unique opportunity to learn from our experts, ask any questions you may have and apply your newly found knowledge at home.

Pick a theme that you are interested in...

April - Rock Garden:

Assist the team with our alpine garden; specifically looking at growing conditions, propagation and plant theming. You’ll also take a trip to our Avon Gorge display at the Clifton Suspension Bridge to work on local plant conservation.

May – Horticulture Taster: 

Carry out general horticulture tasks depending on the needs of the day. This could include pruning, animal enclosure work, planting, irrigation and during wet weather - indoor plant displays in our Reptile House, Aquarium or Zona Brazil.

June - Summer Bedding:

You’ll be helping our team to plant out and maintain the summer bedding along the top terrace. Learn all about our growing standards, plant designs and colour choices.                                 

July - Summer Plant Up:

Work with our team on our tropical plants displays, and learn how to make an exhibit look amazing for both our animals and guests.

August & September - Herbaceous Border:

You’ll be working on our famous herbaceous border! Carry out daily maintenance checks and learn how to maintain the plants to make an award-winning display.

Bristol Zoo Gardens are the proud winners of a vast number of respected horticultural awards. This is your chance to learn top tips from our highly trained gardeners, whilst gaining an extra special insight as to how we keep our gardens at a beautifully high standard. Plus enjoy:

  • Free entry to the Zoo for yourself and a guest
  • A cuppa with our Gardens team
  • A special souvenir gift
  • Behind-the-scenes access

For only £50 per person, our Gardener Experience takes place Monday to Friday from 12:30pm – 4.30pm.

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Regrettably certain guests will be unable to take part including people with relevant phobias or known allergies; pregnant women; and immunocompromised individuals.  Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; please contact Bristol Zoo for advice before purchasing.


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