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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
07:30 - 16:30
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Sat - Sun 06:30 - 16:30

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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Worth it for the hummers

Quite small, but charming. Lunch at the cafe was delicious! The butterfly garden outside is as nice as the butterfly house. I'm not sure I would go here without stopping for... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite small, but charming. Lunch at the cafe was delicious! The butterfly garden outside is as nice as the butterfly house. I'm not sure I would go here without stopping for lunch, but it's worth going just to hit the cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to see all the flora that this desert has to offer, in addition to some imports from other deserts. Plants were well labeled, displays were attractive and informative. Dedicated volunteers keep the place beautiful. Loved the butterfly house.

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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really appreciated the great signage; all plants were well identified. Walkways were pleasant with art & poetry posted intermittently.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While in Tucson over the new year we went out of our way to visit the Botanical Gardens and Frida Kahlo exhibition for a few hours based primarily on the widespread advertising for the exhibition that can be found on posters throughout the city. While the cactus gardens themselves were quite good the overall run down nature of the gardens... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the Frida Kahlo "Casa Azul" display (which is very interesting), but were pleased and surprised by the depth and quality of the permanent display of desert plants, cacti, succulents, trees, etc., in this wonderful 5-acre oasis in the heart of Tucson. If you love desert flora -- especially of the Sonora Desert -- you must visit the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to visit the gardens every chance I get to Tucson. I especially enjoy the seasonal butterflies & orchids enclosed under the greenhouse. The setting is so tranquil it can't help but brighten one's day. As an unexpected bonus the colorful & interesting Frida Kahlo exhibit was on loan from N.Y. and it was quite special.

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter had suggested we go here on our last day in Tucson. We went to the "Twilight Thursday" event. The garden was awash in twinkle lights which made it even more magical. We had dinner in the Café Botanica.......fantastic food! I loved every inch of the garden and enjoyed seeing the wide variety of plants.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to spend a few hours in Tucson! Beautifully kept, quiet and pleasant in every regard.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They had thousands of plants from all over the world. You could look at plants for ever. Well taken care of and well presented. Lots of agaves and caucus. Loved the butterfly presentation where you can walk around in the enclosure with them. Nice place to take pictures.

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Monroe, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice variety of butterflies in the butterfly garden. Also nice local flora in attractive display areas.

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