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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone Number: 520-326-9686
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Ranked #17 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Tucson, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my visit here. There are many themed displays of plants. I enjoyed the zen garden. It does offer nice shade in the summer a good thing for a visitor. We had a snack at the little house/resturant and thought it uneventful and a bit pricey. The book store and gift shop was good.

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We went before things were in bloom so it wasn't very pretty, but the exhibits are interesting and I love the butterfly house.

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Lake Isabella
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The butterfly exhibit was very cool to walk through. If I am Tucson again I would visit here again just for this exhibit. The staff was very informative and helpful. The downside to this botanical garden is that it seemed smaller than some I have been to in other cities.

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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We visited the gardens in November but although many plants weren't in bloom, the garden was still very beautiful. Nicely laid out with different themes. A MUST is the butterfly enclosure. Absolutely magical. The butterflies are beautiful! Make sure to have your camera ready.

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Seattle
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I visited this garden about 5 years ago and loved it! I was really looking forward to seeing some specific items again on this visit. I was very disappointed to find all of the items I was looking forward to seeing are no longer at the garden. The garden had been previously decorated with bright paint colors and pots, they... More 

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Michelle C, Owner at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

We are so sorry that you had a less than positive experience on your recent visit. I understand your frustration in not being able to find the plants you wanted to see. We have actually added quite a few new plants and some major specimens to our cactus and succulent collection, but recently, we reorganized the collection by geographic location... More 

Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We visited on their celebration of the Day of the Dead. My family was a bit skeptical having read better reviews about Tohono Chul, but from a Midwesterner's viewpoint, THIS is the place you want to see. There is shade, beautiful themed gardens, lovely romantic lights and more. We had such a nice time strolling the gardens, hearing the Mariachi... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I visited the gardens and café recently. This café is one of the most outstanding places to eat. Everything is homemade and the staff were extremely friendly and provided excellent service. I'd highly recommend this cafe to anyone. I'll most definitely be back.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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193 reviews 193 reviews
25 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

To put this in perspective, if you are a visitor to large, major botanical gardens, you will need to manage your expectations. That said, this is a small, lovely oasis in the middle of Tucson, about 5 acres in size, providing a good overview of the various types of gardens and habitats associated with the Sonoran desert area. One of... More 

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Tucson
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

When I first moved here I spent some time at the Gardens learning about desert plants and how to take care of them and water correctly it is great and now I just go back to see what they have on display and or during plant sales

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Tucson, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This botanical garden simply cannot compete with the big beauties elsewhere in the country. However, they've made a pleasant start at a desert botanical garden, and if you are not able to get out into the desert, it is a concentrated exposure to desert vegetation and is worthwhile for that. They also have a very nice gift shop, and it... More 

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