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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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Strolling Through Paradise

A small slice of paradise in the desert awaits you. Great mini gardens displaying all kinds of plantings, quiet fountains and, during the winter a butterfly and orchid house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A small slice of paradise in the desert awaits you. Great mini gardens displaying all kinds of plantings, quiet fountains and, during the winter a butterfly and orchid house that dazzles the eyes. Don't miss the wonderful café in the grounds which produces excellent and fresh meals using produce from the gardens and other locally sourced products.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I am a member because I support the outstanding display of native plants. The butterfly exhibit part of the year is great. During monsoon season make sure you have mosquito repellent. The new cafe has yummy food. Great venue for weddings, graduations, etc. Also biannual plan sales are excellent.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Each time we have out of town guest The Botanical Gardens are a must. The butterfly fly exhibit is one of our favorites. So many different species and they have some interesting frogs. Children of all ages will enjoy this.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Went there to check out the orchid exhibit which happened to be shared with many beautiful butterflies. Loved it

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I decided to take myself and my boys (13 and 11) to the Tucson Botanical Gardens during spring break. Spring in the desert is absolutely extraordinary. The colors are beyond belief, and I wanted to enjoy the bounty of the cacti in bloom. We had a fabulous day. We first walked through the herb/kitchen garden and saw everything that was... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is a small outdoor garden, focused on desert plants and some Mediterranean plants. Also has a butterfly house, which is interesting. Situated in urban Tucson, it feels like an oasis in the city. A good way to learn about Sonoran desert plants and what else grows well in Tucson.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

If you want to know what grows here, this place pretty much has it! Plus delightful landscaping, a gift shop, a seasonal butterfly house that is wonderful, meeting rooms to rent, tons of educational stuff. And even a garden railroad! A very fun time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This place is pretty special. Gardens are beautiful. They offer other activities so check there calendar and website. We went for the butterfly exhibit and had a great time. It is not huge so a morning or afternoon is all you will need.

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Marion, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

I never realized there are so many variety of cactus. It's was a good time to visit because some of the cactus was in bloom. I took a lot of pictures.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Poorly designed and landscaped. Expensive and you can see the same thing anywhere in tucson. Very disappointed as we even thought of this locale for a family wedding until we visited. Tohono Chul is MUCH better.

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Additional Information about Tucson Botanical Gardens

Address: Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone Number: 520-326-9686
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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