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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
520-326-9686
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Ranked #22 of 181 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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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Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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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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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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21 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Food in the garden cafe was among the best we ate during our trip to Tucson. I was fascinated to sit in the butterfly house and observe butterfly behavior up close (some of the large blue ones are aggressively territorial). Strolling through the gardens was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

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New Mexico
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Great way to spend an afternoon, with native plants galore. If you are a plant freak like me who loves all plants, you will love the species here . Butterfly garden a real plus for entertainment . Even now at the end of Oct, was not sure what there would be blooming, but great sights all over.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The gardens are tastefully done, I liked the southwest decor. I wish I could duplicate that at home. There was a good variety of plants besides the cactus plants. There was a nice butterfly house. I wasn't sure what to expect in October after the summer heat, but there was enough plant growth, even though some of the plants were... More

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Callao, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a lovely little garden tucked away in the middle of town. It has a delightful exotic butterfly house as well as an outside butterfly garden that's full of local butterflies. The garden itself provides good information on plants and how ancient Indians farmed. The Botanic Cafe serves very good organic food in a charming setting. My only criticisms... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a delightful little botanical garden which is just as big as it needs to be. Lots of interesting indigenous plants, and pretty flowers. Fun little butterfly house. The house of the founders is really pretty too. One nice bonus, the pleasant little cafe in the center of the park with terrific food and drink. Somehow it is never... More

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