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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686
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Tucson Botanical Gardens

A great garden in the desert featuring many native plants but be careful of the jumping cactus... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
John W
Kingsville, Canada
Changing special shows

This one is worth a repeat visit. They change out some sections, have special decorations and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susanne T
Tucson, Arizona
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712-3199
+1 520-326-9686

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great garden in the desert featuring many native plants but be careful of the jumping cactus. The kids really loved this place as it was very informative and only a short drive from our accomodations at Happy Cactus Rentals in Oro Valley just north...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This one is worth a repeat visit. They change out some sections, have special decorations and activities for holidays. The café is very small and the service is not inviting (hence, we got drinks to go and did not stay to eat).

Thank Susanne T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pleasant enclave in the eastern area of Tucson, a natural, desert botanic garden with native plants, cacti from around the world as well as native species, a butterfly enclosure with rare examples, and poison frogs. Very interesting, easy to get to, and...More

Thank MontanaTzar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It may be November but that's the best time to see these gardens. It's like spring now that Tucson has survived it's harvest season. Even the irises are blooming. The origami exhibit is unique. I want to go back day after day. And the butterflies...More

Thank patazTucson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens because it was listed as a must see in several local Tucson publications. After visiting we now know why it is listed as a must see location. There are lots of things to see here, starting with the...More

Thank cbunchbob
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful garden space was once a working ranch. Now it quietly sits in the middle of Tucson - a place of serenity amid the bustling surrounding shopping. The fact that its history has been uniquely preserved enhances all of the beautiful gardens in this...More

Thank JJN96
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed hearing the artist explain his work and then walked around the garden which is always a pleasant experience.

Thank Tucsontravelers14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the opportunity to visit the gardens with cousins on a recent trip to Tucson and it was definitely a highlight of our trip. We arrived too late to walk through the butterfly exhibit (it closes at 3PM) but meandered through the rest of...More

Thank mauimee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been to the desert museum and the national park but this was a nice way to see some of the same plants in the city. This may be more practical for those who have some limitations getting around. The burrerfly garden/tropical greenhouse was...More

Thank Travellingdude2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A don't miss site here in Tucson. Many varieties of cactus and succulents. And the Butterfly exhibit is quite interesting. This was founded in 1964, by horticulturist and collector Harrison G. Yocum. The gardens were originally located at his home.

Thank Thesaguaro
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carolyn h
19 November 2017|
Response from divaw0rld | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry; I don't understand how this question relates to the Tuscon Botanical Gardens. If this is an employee at the Gardens, please contact their Human Resources department.
4 May 2017|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Yes, your admission fee admits you into the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion. NOTE: Please check the website for Pavilion hours as the Butterfly exhibit has its own separate hours.
Pat M
6 December 2016|
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Response from Michelle C | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. I'm so sorry, but we do not have any original paintings of Frida Kahlo. In Frida's short life she wasn't able to produce a large body of work, and most of her originals are in private collections... More