It isn’t bees, but there is a buzzing going on at our Naples Zoo for the excitement and preparation of hosting the Association of Zoological Horticulture’s Annual Conference for the first time ever. What a quality selection of guests we can expect to bless our city, plant professionals from botanical gardens, parks and zoos from around the globe.

The conference is open to anyone with a love of plants. No certain skill level is required, just an appreciation of the diversity of nature. Visit for more information.

Over a hundred AZH members from all over the US and afar will be enjoying fun tours September 17 -20th of the Naples Zoo, Naples Botanical Garden, Corkscrew Sanctuary and the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge between educational sessions and lively social events on the agenda.

Staying at the prestigious Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, these visitors are in for a real treat. Most of the informative presentations will take place there.  Alas, the end of conference banquet will ultimately be held there, also.

But after the conference, you are still invited to the post conference tours of the Everglades National Park, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Miami Zoo, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Montgomery Botanical Center.

A tremendous “Thank You” to the Naples Garden Club to assist with transportation for the conference attendees. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Danielle Green at

Local and national companies will offer horticulture products and services during the conference.

The Association of Zoological Horticulture is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of zoo horticulture in zoological parks, gardens and aquariums highlighting the importance of proper placement of plants while admiring their beauty.

These plant professionals working in a zoo setting have quite an agenda paying close attention to plant toxicity and animal browsing habits for safe interaction.

AZH encompasses a wide range of activities requiring diverse knowledge of gardening, plant identification and selection. They help develop sensible landscape plans while making management a breeze.

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