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“Miniture desert garden oasis in Tucson”

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Ranked #17 of 301 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 18, 2008

After touring botanical gardens in other parts of the country, I can't say that Tucson's garden is my favorite.

This is a smaller garden than most, but does a good job educating visitors on local foliage. A few exhibits on the traditional use of various plants by local Indian tribes. I visited when the garden was hosting a butterfly exhibit, which was held in a mobile home sized building. The smaller space made you feel completely surrounded by the African butterflies.

While I enjoyed my stay, I would recommend the Desert Museum over the gardens, especially those traveling with children if you are short on time or want to limit admission fees.

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Reviewed March 28, 2008

I didn't expect to love the gardens as much as I did. I've driven by it before, and never noticed it, but I'm so glad I went. If you go in the morning its empty and not as hot. It also smells really good too! There's lots of grapefruit trees and lemon trees. The people who work there are volunteers and are very pleasant.

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Reviewed December 6, 2005

It's not just cacti and mesquite...the Tucson Botanic Gardens is a compact, easy to navigate attraction with year round color. The staff is very pleasant and take the time to answer questions. Our school age son was getting a bit bored (plants aren't as thrilling as video games) and was twirling around a pod he found on the ground. A staff member came up to him and said, "Taste it!"
Eating things one found on the ground and encouraged to do so by an adult? Turns out it was an edible mesquite pod that tasted much like a sweet muffin.
Scented plants, xeric plants, traditional gardens, Native American vegetables, iris and herbs- all are to be found along charming walkways. Someone with a green thumb would be most interested in what can be grown in the low desert.

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Reviewed July 23, 2017
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