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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
Phone Number: +1 520-326-9686
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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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Cafe was fantastic, visit was enjoyable

We wanted to go to the cafe in the botanical gardens, and we had a fantastic meal there! We also took the time to walk around and seeing all of the different dessert plants was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LST2323
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Potsdam, New York

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Potsdam, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to go to the cafe in the botanical gardens, and we had a fantastic meal there! We also took the time to walk around and seeing all of the different dessert plants was fascinating, and I took a ton of photos! It was very well presented and easy to find our way. Staff were helpful and engaged.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent the afternoon with my granddaughter touring the grounds and the butterfly exhibit. Wonderful quiet place.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sights at the gardens are beautiful, but the volunteers really make it a stand-out place to visit. You may think you know everything about the desert, but within minutes you'll likely learn something new or at least from a different and helpful perspective. Whether you're a local or a tourist this should be on your "must visit" list, and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Something for every gardener! Each pavillion has a unique ambiance and the butterfly exhibit is not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a plant person don't miss the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is in a surprising location in the central part of Tucson on Alvernon Avenue. What makes this garden unique is that on 5 acres they have over 15 specialty gardens that you can stroll through. From higher water herb and iris gardens to lower water xeriscape and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Tucson and every year I visit this garden. It's great anytime, but spring is my favorite. It's very nicely planned and a good place to bring children.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well organized gardens demonstrating both local desert gardening and historical plants of the region. Easy, well marked walking paths. Informative signage. Two surprises. A butterfly habitat. And a very good cafe, while a bit pricey, delicious food.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The garden is small, easily walkable by everyone age, and has a nook or cranny for every taste. Nuestra Jardin is my favorite place in the Garden, and if you are there in March or April, the Iris Garden is amazing. Also love the Butterfly Garden. The cafe, when open, serves locally sourced food options which are delicious.

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Destin, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We stopped here on the Thursday evening twilight hours they offer in the summer to beat the heat of the day. The flowers and cacti are beautiful, the grounds are quite pretty, and the staff was friendly. The gift shop had a nice collection of local Tucson items.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

What a lovely garden. So many different plants. Unfortunately, the butterfly house was closed for refurbishment but we still spent a couple of peaceful hours looking round

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