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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone Number: 520-326-9686
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Description: Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson...
Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Featuring seventeen residentially-scaled specialty gardens, including a Barrio Garden, Zen Garden and a Cactus & Succulent Garden landscaped with unusual rocks from the Harrison Yocum collection. Tropical Butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion October-April. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Café Botánica. Closed Thanksgiving, the second Sunday in October,Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, July 4.
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Luminaria Nights

This was the perfect way to set off the Christmas season for us. The gardens were all lined with Luminarias, and groups from various organizations were singing, or playing music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This was the perfect way to set off the Christmas season for us. The gardens were all lined with Luminarias, and groups from various organizations were singing, or playing music at various locations through out the Gardens. It was beautiful.... food was yummy and it felt so much like Christmas for us... we will return this year for the festivities.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you're interested in photography, gardening, or just learning more about desert plants, plan a few-hour visit here, especially in the spring. Go early in the day or later afternoon because mid-day it's hot (and crowded). A lot of the property is out in the full sun, but you can find shaded benches and comfortable chairs to stay cool. The... More 

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Pottstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

It may not be the largest but Tucson Botanical Gardens has one of the most unique and diverse plant selections I've seen anywhere in the world. Coming from the northeastern United States I was fascinated how TBG seamlessly meshed the native Sonoran Desert cacti and succulents with more traditional Northern plants and perennials and Mediterranean herbs. There are also impressive... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Learn about the desert plants, animals and different types of desert terrain in this walkable garden. All the plants and info on the desert is well labeled and you can spend 1 hour or many hours enjoying the gardens. there is also an elegant restaurant attached.

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El Paso, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Botanical Gardens have been expanded and improved greatly since we visited 12 years ago. The butterfly exhibit was small but very enjoyable and people were on hand to point things out, explain and answer questions. The plants are identified and in groupings that are very attractive. There is a café, 2 small gift shops and some places to sit... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I visited this park with my sister last month and was blown away. We especially loved the butterfly exhibit. I have been to Frederick Meyer Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI, which is bigger than this exhibit, but the butterflies were far more active here. We also got to see one of the poison dart frogs that also inhabits the exhibit.... More 

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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I actually heard some people on their way out saying that the visit fed their souls and I have to agree with that. It's a charming botanical garden with many different "rooms" outdoors with varying themes including some historical/native gardening displays. The butterfly exhibit is one of the best I've ever seen, with wonderful tropical plants and a big variety... More 

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was a pleasant surprise. In reading other reviews a few said it was overpriced and some left within a few minutes must have been written by people who don't appreciate nature and its beauty. It was peaceful and fun to see the different garden styles. The butterfly house was excellent - the variety was neat to see in person.... More 

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The gardens had a great variety of native Tucson flowers and plants as well as a butterfly exhibit that was pretty cool. It cost $13 to enter and we had a great time learning more about Tucson flowers/plants.

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We weren't sure if we were going to have enough time on our trip to visit a botanical garden. After all, we've been to numerous ones everywhere else so we didn't expect anything out of the ordinary. We were so wrong! What a treasureable afternoon. We did not expect to see the beautiful cacti and the beautiful rocks surrounding them.... More 

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