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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Address: 2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
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+1 520-326-9686
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07:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 06:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Named one of the Top 10 Gardens in to visit in North America in 2017 by the...

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.

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more like a private garden, and beautifully done

Unlike the sprawling Desert Botanical Gardens of PHX, this is more compact and has a feeling of a private garden - Tucson style. Lots of shaded areas as well. We went for the... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unlike the sprawling Desert Botanical Gardens of PHX, this is more compact and has a feeling of a private garden - Tucson style. Lots of shaded areas as well. We went for the Butterfly and Frida exhibits which were both well done. A definite 2 hour visit in Tucson

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You don't expect to be in a place like the Tucson Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city and yet, that is exactly what it is. A beautiful, educational and recreational garden where you can browse around, spend a lot of time and learn about the various plants native to the region and a lot more.

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Kirkland, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on our last day in Tucson and wanted someplace to walk. The Botanical Gardens were beautiful. They were highlighting Frida Kahlo and the exhibits were well done. We enjoyed the numerous paths, the colors, not just in the plants but also in the rocks and in the buildings. There were rock gardens, kitchen gardens, dessert gardens, flower gardens... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was another surprise to me. I never would have thought of a botanical garden in the desert atmosphere, but there it is! It's different than botanical gardens in wetter areas (obviously), but the displays and presentations were wonderful. Well worth the visit.

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The one big disappointment was that a wedding was taking place and we couldn't see her portrrait gallery. But the outdoor exhibits were very interesting. Portions of her Casa Azul were reproduced. I especially liked all the little sensory garden "rooms." The tiny railway was under repair, but the little lizards on the tracks made up for that. We spent... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a small botanic garden but they had a great collection of the local vegetation and it was presented beautifully. The butterfly habitat was full of beautiful colorful butterflies and the gift shop was impressive. I would definitely return and recommend a visit.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the desert, and this was great fun for me. There is a restaurant, and even if you do not stop at the restaurant, you may wish to take a break. Deserts are difficult, and require a relaxed concentration. This is not a tropical rainforest . There are events at different times of the year, and you should call... More 

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Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After exploring so many large places in Tucson this was a nice hidden gem. Lots of shade. A bit pricy at $13.00/person in April.

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La Center, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went early in the day to avoid the heat. Take a hat, sunglasses and water bottle to make your visit more enjoyable. The walking trails through the gardens are flat and easy to maneuver through. There were a few people in wheelchairs so it is wheelchair accessible. You purchase your ticket inside the gift shop where they also provide... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed seeing such a variety of plants in a very easily walked area. The irises were in bloom while we were there - a plant I did not expect to find in Tucson! Except for the walk through the desert plants area, most of the paths are shaded, with plenty of spots to sit and admire... More 

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