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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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Wonderful place to visit. Beware of the high temperature. They have a recreation of Frida Kahlo and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
diana M
via mobile
Gardeners delight!

Date night with my green thumb hubby. Interesting desert foliage and beautiful butterflies, when... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in to visit in North America in 2017 by the Canada Garden Tourism Council and One of the Best Secret Garden in America by Reader's Digest, 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. Special annual seasonal exhibits. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Cafe Botanica. Closed Thanksgiving, the Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, the first Saturday in February and July 4.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place to visit. Beware of the high temperature. They have a recreation of Frida Kahlo and rivera including the gardens that are fascinating. Lots of signs to learn about the vegetation around. Do not miss it

1  Thank diana M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Date night with my green thumb hubby. Interesting desert foliage and beautiful butterflies, when the season permits. Best to go in the morning or early afternoon. We went at 4ish when the sun dips just enough to blind you!

Thank themechanicswife
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm so glad someone suggested we visit here. It was a very pleasant, relaxing outing. The variety of plants was wonderful. There were lots of little nooks to explore and plenty cute decorated benches along the trails to sit and rest or just look around....More

Thank foxymamaruth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens and special exhibits at the garden are always good. A hidden gem is the delighful restaurant featuring local cuisine and foods. The portions are smaller and rather sophisticated, not at all like typical museum food, but interesting and well prepared.

Thank 73Jennifer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It took me about three and a half hours pacing myself and taking my time reading many of the signs as well as taking my time with the Frida Kahlo special exhibit. You literally lose all notion of being in the midst of the city....More

Thank gorillazfan
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

A nice in town Botanical Garden. Plan to go when they have the Butterflies as that istruly impressive. The desert gardens are nice, but not as well groomed as the Sonoran Desert Museum, which is truly an amazing place. As Botanical Gardens go this one...More

Thank PamDGIL
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Had a great time at the Botanical Gardens. The staff was very friendly and it's a very relaxing feel. A perfect spot for photographers. PROS: - Friendly staff - Wide variety of plants - Great place for photographers CONS: - There didn't seem to be...More

Thank Chaoticpuppy
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Whether you are visiting to see the butterflies, or an exhibition - a recent one was about Frida Kahlo, it is always a treat to find such beauty in the desert. The Tucson Garden Railway Society maintains an outdoor railroad on the grounds. How wonderful...More

Thank 283valerieg
Reviewed July 10, 2017

I went there just for something different to do, but, wasn't very impressed. It's not a very large place, but, it is good for an hour or 1.5 hours of your time, if you want to spend some time looking at plants, etc.

Thank Lainey S
Reviewed July 10, 2017

TBG has a little of everything. Nice cafe, native flowers and shrubs along with exhibits of butterfly's. Great way to spend a few hours in cool nature

Thank judithw886
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May 4, 2017|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Yes, your admission fee admits you into the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion. NOTE: Please check the website for Pavilion hours as the Butterfly exhibit has its own separate hours.
Pat M
December 6, 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. I'm so sorry, but we do not have any original paintings of Frida Kahlo. In Frida's short life she wasn't able to produce a large body of work, and most of her originals are in private collections... More
October 30, 2016|
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Response from Tucson B | Property representative |
Hi Gail, Yes, it is. We have paved and gravel paths in the garden. Hope to see you here soon.