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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Central Tucson District

2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
United States

Phone: 520-326-9686 ext. 39


Fax: NA


  • Green Business

Some opportunities available include general grounds care including sweeping, raking, parking lot beautification, grounds clean up, and sign cleaning. Also,volunteer in the areas of preventive and on-going maintenance on projects that are designed to improve the condition of Garden facilities. Or if you do have a green thumb, consider assisting the horticulturists and help maintain living plant collections - planting, watering, weeding, etc. Tucson Botanical Gardens, designated as America's Best Secret Garden by Reader's Digest and an Arizona Treasure by Governor Napolitano, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson. Featuring a 5 ½ acre collection of 16 specialty gardens, the grounds represent a variety of gardening traditions and botanical themes. The Gardens also offers a seasonal indoor, tropical butterfly exhibit Butterfly Magic. This beautiful oasis was originally the home and nursery of Bernice and Rutger Porter. Dating to the 1920s, the earliest buildings on the property were constructed of adobe bricks made right on site. The Gardens has identified five core collections, which translates into over 5,000 individual plants: the cacti collection, the tree collection, the Tucson Basin Natives Collection, Low-water-use ornamentals and the Historical Garden surrounding the original Porter home. It promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration and provides a place of beauty and tranquility for Tucson residents and visitors. Located at 2150 North Alvernon Way, the Gardens is Open daily 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Day. Admission: June-Sept.: $9 adults, $8 senior/student/military, $5 for children 4-17 and free for children 3 & under and members. Oct.-May: $13 adults, $12 senior/student/military, $7.50 children 4-17, free to children 3 & under and members (Includes entrance to Butterfly Magic). For more information about how you can help, call 520.326.9686 ext. 39 or email No green thumb required!

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  • #23 of 277 things to do in Tucson
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Pleasant Garden and Great Cafe

I wanted to see what a botanical garden in the desert would be like and was not disappointed. This humble garden houses many cacti and desert plants, and has many secluded nooks and sitting spots to...

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Extensive grounds

Family home in 30's evolves and extended since the 70's with cacti from around the world. Butterfly exhibit opens in October so only 20-30 butterflies today - but interesting varieties. We enjoyed...

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The cacti alone made it worthwhile.

$15 admission. You can leave and come back if needed. Short uber ride from my hotel on Speedway. I had the morning to myself (my little brother got married so I was in town 4 dayswith barely any down...

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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Children Welcomed
  • Patio Dining
  • Refrigerator

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Meeting Facilities

  • Number of Meeting Rooms 5
  • Total Meeting Space 2500
  • Largest Meeting Room 576
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  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 300
  • Theatre Capacity: 250
  • Classroom Capacity: 70
  • Ceiling: 16