ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY LYNNE TUCKER
The Tucson Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.
Located on the site of the historic Porter property, the Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association named Tucson Botanical Gardens as one of the top 10 North American Gardens worth traveling for. Among mature trees and expertly cultivated foliage, specialty gardens such as the Cactus & Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb Garden highlight the diversity of native plants while offering a lush oasis in the heart of Tucson. Tropical butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion Oct.–May. Experience year-round tours, community events, classes, and art exhibits, as well as the creative, seasonal menu of Edna’s Eatery. Now celebrating over 40 years of living beauty, The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a unique gem not to be missed.
The Gardens is a living museum. For its protection and the enjoyment of others, please follow these simple guidelines:
- Stay on the maintained paths.
- Do not climb on trees, walls, sculptures or foundations.
- Smell the flowers but do not collect any plants or plant materials.
- Pets are not permitted except for service animals. The exception is our Dog Days of Summer (June – September).
- PLEASE DO NOT leave pets in your vehicle.
- No Soliciting.
- The Gardens is a non-smoking facility, this includes e-cigarettes.
The Tucson Botanical Gardens values and appreciates feedback from visitors. Although they may not be able to respond to individual comments and inquiries, all feedback is reviewed by senior management and taken into account in their strategic and planning processes.
8:30am – 4:30pm
BUTTERFLY MAGIC HOURS
Butterfly Magic is currently closed until further notice.
CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & July 4th
ADMISSION (Prices subject to change)
Students, Seniors (62 & up) & Military $13
Children (4-17) $8
Member Children (4-17) Free
Children under 4 Free
Think Botanical Gardens and Enjoy all the Beauty!