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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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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:30
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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Small but Excellent Collection of Plants of the Southwest

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jill B
Mundelein, Illinois
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Mundelein, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This botanical garden can be enjoyed in a short afternoon as it is not very large. The Frida Kahlo exhibit is one of the most interesting I have seen. It was fascinating to see the plants, herbs and flowers that she planted and loved in a beautiful setting. One highlight, and amazing surprise, was the live music that accompanies part... More 

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Fairfax, Va
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not worth the money. Especially when the women who work there are so rude and snooty. My own garden in Tucson is better.

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Michelle C, General Manager at Tucson Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had a less then great experience at the Gardens. I know exactly the day you visited - we had 960 guests in the Gardens - a historical record! Certainly not an excuse, but an example of how a moment in time may have been received in a negative way. I actually received compliments that day... More 

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