By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator
While at a conference in San Diego, the Zoo’s horticulturalist, Michaele Bergera, had a thought.
“What if the Sacramento Zoo creates a browse garden? It could be a space that beautifies and includes plants that can be used for animal feedings and enrichment…”
Last week that idea turned into reality with the help of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers Sacramento District (APLD), and the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), who donated their time and resources to the development and labor required for the task.
Those who also donated plants and other resources include Moodey, Inc., Landscape Liasons, Bloomin’ Landscape Designs, Cascade Rock, Village Nursery, AmeriCorps, and our very own Zoo Teens.
With the help of volunteers, the garden was landscaped in a day. The Browse Garden is located near Big Cat Row and the Orangutans. It includes a large fork statue by artist Terrence Martin of Jagged Edge Metal Art, a dry stream bed and plants, such as camellia and coprosma, that can be used to feed and enrich various animals.
Next time you’re at the Zoo, be sure to stop by the Browse Garden and see if you can identify any of the plants.