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Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson
(4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Tucson Botanical Garden is divided into themed gardens, including the xeriscape garden, which features a lush plot with low water usage. The gardens were the brainchild of horticulturalist Harrison G. Yocum, and they had two other temporary locations. But in 1974, Bernice Porter was looking for a way to save her home and its surrounding gardens, and the two merged. In a guided or self-guided tour, visit the backyard bird garden to discover how to bring hummingbirds, cardinals and other birds into your garden. Walk through to the children's discovery garden to learn about the lifecycle of a plant. Stop by Cafe Botanica for lunch, choosing from a seasonal menu using ingredients from the gardens. Add Tucson Botanical Garden and other attractions to your Tucson trip itinerary using our Tucson vacation generator.
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  • We went to the garden hoping to see some amazing plants and landscaping, but sadly we were disappointed. The gardens are nice but very small. The displays were very average - Not that well kept The di...  more »
  • We were very disappointed in the small size of the botanical gardens... The Frida Kahlo Exhibit was nicely done but very small. The video about Frida was very difficult to hear...unable to sit on the ...  more »
  • These gardens are different from the other botanical gardens I've visited. These beautiful gardens are tucked away in what appears to be a residential neighborhood and space is at a premium. The garde...  more »
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  • The garden is beautiful and the Frida Kahlo exhibit was interesting. We liked the children's play area as well. The entrance fee is a little on the high side as it is a fairly small garden. It was disappointing for my granddaughter that the train didn't work. The gift shop had many nice items to chose from. Unfortunately, the Frida Kahlo t-shirt I wanted, was not available in a size Medium and I feel the store should have a bigger stock of that particular size. After we made our purchases, we had to endure a long line. People purchasing tickets to enter the garden and people with purchases and or questions were all in the same line with two employees. All in all we had a wonderful time. Shirley
  • What a delightful botanical garden, focusing on cacti and succulents. A favorite feature is the live butterfly house. The current exhibit is on Frida Kahlo, showing some very nice photos of her by an amante.
  • Such a beautiful place. We went to see the Frida Kahlo art exhibition. They always do such a great job setting the place up for special events. While we were there we saw the butterfly garden.. the admission to the art exhibition gave us access to everything there, so we didn't need to buy another ticket.
  • I came here with my sister while she was in town. The location was a little hard to find and the parking lot was small. The walk around was beautiful, we also got to see the butterfly display room. I could have stood in there all day waiting for butterflies to land so we could take pictures. They had great landscaping ideas for the local weather restraints. It was nice to see so many ideas and options and know that living out here in the desert doesn't have to mean you cant have plants thrive too! We grabbed a bite to eat at the little cafe they had there. We got the Hummus Board and Lamb Empanadas and shared between the two of us. All of it was delicious, it was a little out of my comfort zone with the goat cheese but it paired well with the hummus pits and lamb. A little pricey but it is all local and seasonal so its not a complaint just a note to make sure you have some cash with you. The gift shop is great too!
  • I LOVE Tucson Botanical Gardens! It provides a quiet and safe place to wonder and take in the delights of colors, scents and the joy of being outdoors. The art gallery features local artists for a month at time. The cafe offers fresh, healthy food choices and cool drinks for hot Summer days. I can not say enough good about the gardens. Please consider becoming a member and taking advantage of special events, classes and giving to a good community organization! You simply can not go wrong with supporting Tucson Botanical Gardens!