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“Educational and a Botanical Delight”

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Ranked #16 of 282 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.
Arizona
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41 reviews
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“Educational and a Botanical Delight”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Bananas grow here! Hummingbird gardens and other types of specialty gardens to view. This is a gem. This is best visited in the morning due to the high humidity given off by the plants. Parking is more than adequate.

Visited February 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Oasis in the desert”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Another Tucson surprise: a lovely venue of beauty and serenity just off the intersection of 2 very busy streets (and you don't think about that at all). A small but interesting gift shop, plants galore, limited snacks/drink, many restful places to enjoy.

Visited November 2012
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Michelle C, Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you Dotty! Guests are always surprised by what's behind the gate!
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Botanical Garden”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is in center of town and while you are visiting you will not even think of the city It feels like outside in the wild

Visited May 2013
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Hereford
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“Gardener's Paradise”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

One of the hidden secrets of Tucson is the Botanical Gardens tucked away on Alvernon. It's an amazing treasure trove of plants that will keep any gardener happy for a couple of hours at least. There are more than just diverse cacti gardens, although they have an outstanding collection. Tropical gardens, an Australian landscape, along with Native American gardening are there to enjoy. The model train area is fun as well, which will keep the kids entertained. Most of the gardens have a canopy of trees overhead, so even in July it wasn't awful. Mornings are the best time in the summer though.

The gift shop and cafe are available to extend your stay. Admission is very reasonable. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Visited July 2013
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Michelle C, Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
We're so happy you enjoyed your visit!
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Los Angeles, California
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“More Than Desert Plants”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I was expecting a very native collection of plants, but it was actually quite diverse. If you love plants and flowers, it would be easy to spend a day here. If you want to run through quickly, you can do that, too. It isn't that big. The aquaponics display, compost display and childrens' gardens were a nice surprise. It made the garden a little more user friendly for young children. The staff was very friendly. There are a few shaded areas. It gets hot in the summer so make sure to bring a refillable thermos with water. Parking is free.

Visited June 2013
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