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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
6:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 4:30 pm

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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Loved seeing all the different cactus. We were late for the butterfly exhibit so the Gardens gave us a free ticket to come back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Debbie I
Marana, Arizona, United States
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Marana, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved seeing all the different cactus. We were late for the butterfly exhibit so the Gardens gave us a free ticket to come back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tucson Botanical Gardens is one of the finest examples of a well-run, dedicated, thoughtful public garden that I've ever seen. It has a lovely gift shop. An entertaining butterfly exhibit, lots of other little bugs/moths to accompany the butterflies, and the tallest grapefruit trees I have ever seen. The collection of cacti is impressive, as are the various agave... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located off busy Grant Road, Tucson Botanical provides an oasis from the hectic pace of city life. On a small lot of six acres, herb garden, butterfly garden, desert cactus garden, iris planting area, lush trees, butterfly exhibit, and other rotating features comprise this ever improving urban space. The gift shop has been entirely redone and offers something for every... More 

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Potsdam, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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 August 12, 2016

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

Thank Faith H
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

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 

1 Thank umakethecall
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

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 July 25, 2016

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 July 25, 2016

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 July 25, 2016

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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