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Award-winning Botanical Gardens

You’ve never seen a “desert rose” like the blossoms at the award-winning Tucson Botanical Gardens. Named one of the Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For in the Canadian Garden Council’s and American Public Garden Association’s Garden Tourism Awards, this gorgeous Tucson destination bested hundreds of gardens in the U.S. and Canada for the distinguished honor.

Garden Tourism Awards honor gardens which excel in the development and promotion of the garden as a tourism experience. Tucson Botanical Gardens offers docent-led and self-guided tours, a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year, serves as a popular venue for special events such as weddings and parties, is beloved by commercial photographers and with a gift shop and café on the grounds, it’s easy to make a day of strolling through the lush gardens.

Discover native Arizona plants and flowers, sign up for a class designed for families, kids, adults or teachers, and keep an eye on the calendar for special events during your Tucson getaway. Ongoing events include Butterfly Magic during butterfly season (October – May), Twilight Thursdays for a special dusk garden experience, and a variety of events honoring Frida Kahlo including Frida Fridays.

Make your trip to Tucson complete with a visit to the renowned botanical gardens. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Visit the garden at 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson
  • Garden hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, with evening hours on Thursday and Friday until 8 p.m.
  • Admission is $13 for adults autumn – spring and $9 in summer
  • Café Botanica is where you “dine amongst the birds and flowers” with a decadent menu inspired by local ingredients. The cocktails, dessert and tea pair perfectly with the blossoms.
  • Field trips and group visits can reserve a special tour in advance—why not customize your garden experience?

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