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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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Oasis in the City

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A trip into the way to stay out of the heat in the old days. An adventure into the desert botany.. This is a must visit place if one is short of time.

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Cochise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

I went to a few events at the gardens and they are always beautiful It is a nice setting for weddings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I went with my family and it was fun.. eventhough we didnt have a lot of time it helped us to move a little bit and let the little explorers run and see nature close. The mini train was somenthing they loved and the Lego exhibition was at that time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

These gardens are fascinating, especially with all the cacti. The extensive varieties are amazing. We went early in the morning because the temperatures here are hanging around 107, going up to 117. Grouping range from Barrio Gardens, to Zen Gardens, to Plants of the Tohono O'odham.

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