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40th Anniversary Gala
There’s No Place Like Home
Music, Martinis, Refreshments, Dinner, hor D’oeuvres & Music under the Stars
40th Anniversary Gala Tickets $200 ♦ Table for 10 $2,000 ♦ Adventure Raffle Tickets $25 or 5 for $100
4:30 PM Martini Party
5:30 PM Dinner, Entertainment, and Dancing
8:00 PM Raffle Drawing
Contact Katherine at 326-9686 x25, Fae at x10, or email@example.com to purchase event or raffle tickets, or purchase them online now!
Parking and valet shuttle available at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Posted on July 8th, 2014. Comments Off
The Tucson Botanical Gardens is featuring a Jam-Packed Summer Event Series!
Every Saturday and Sunday, June-Sept.
Session 1: June 9-13, Session 2: July 7-11
Every Tuesday and Thursday June-September during Garden Hours
June 9th – August
Members Only Night, Friday June 6 4:30-7:30 pm
Public Sale, Saturday June 7 8-1:00 pm
Fourth Saturday of the month 5-8:00 pm
May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27
July 4 4-7:00 pm
Summer Hours & Admission
Open 7 Days a week (abbreviated hours on July 4)
May: 8:30-4:30 pm June – Sept: 7am – 4:30 pm
$8 for adults (age 13+), $7 senior/student/military, $4 children 4-12, $3 dogs (Tuesdays/Thursdays only), free for children under 4. Members are free.
About the Gardens
Tucson Botanical Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 ½ acre collection of 17 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.
Posted on April 22nd, 2014. Comments Off
Sunday, May 11th 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Treat mom to a beautiful day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the Garden’s 17 specialty gardens and a delicious brunch at Café Botanica. The Café will be offering a Mother’s Day menu with prices at $15 per entrée. Among other delicious menu items, the Café will be featuring an egg dish using eggs from our very own flock from “Mrs. Porter’s Chicken coop!”
Admission to Gardens is required.
Posted on April 21st, 2014. Comments Off
Announcing the WINNER of the 2nd Annual Growdown! Design Competition
(If you missed the big event, not to worry! The Growdown Designs will be up at The Gardens for viewing through August 2014)
On Saturday, March 22, Maria Voris of Petrichor Landscape Design was crowned winner of the 2nd Annual Growdown, Landscape Design competition at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Growdown is a unique competition held at The Gardens featuring three local landscape design professionals going trowel-to-trowel in a 24 hour competition to transform an empty 15’ x 20’ plot at TBG into “the best” Tucson pocket garden. Each designer was given $1500 from the Gardens to help execute the theme, Small Gardens, Big Ideas, creating an inviting and usable garden that would thrive under local desert conditions at a home with limited yard space.
Maria’s winning design, “Modern Swing” is anchored by a large Ramada housing an oversized swing, perfect for reading, relaxing and lounging, with enough room for 2 (or three!). Maria wanted the space to be “inviting, tempting, interactive, to draw in curious visitors and to provide a sensory experience through movement and surrounding textures”.
The Ramada overhead not only provides shade and privacy it acts as a water catchment surface. Rainwater is directed into the landscape as supplemental irrigation for thirsty plants. A gutter catches water runoff from the roof which is directed into a cistern. The cistern releases water into the landscape. This process is visible to garden visitors, as their path into the space is bisected with the water flow traveling beneath it and into a basin on the other side.
The plant materials used are desert adapted and appropriate for Tucson. Attention was given to texture, color and the habitat they provide.
The judging panel consisted of 5 Landscape Design Professionals:
Debby Larson Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Phil Van Wyck, RLA Van Wyck & Associates Paul Connolly, APLD Sundrea Design Studio Darlene Showalter, RLA McGann and Associates Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA, APLD Landscape Design West, LLC
Allen Denomy and Micaela Machado
Solana Outdoor Living
LJ Design and Consulting
A BIG Thank You to everyone who helped and participated in the 2nd Annual Growdown! Without the help of sponsors, community partners and volunteers this event would not have been possible. Look for the June issue of Tucson Lifestyle featuring a photo layout all of the Growdown designs.
Sponsored By: Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, The Stonewall Foundation
Posted on December 23rd, 2013. Comments Off
Starts Jan 2, First Thursday of month, Sept. – May
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Learn to develop a low-maintenance garden that survives while you are away and thrives while you are here! Topics include winter vegetables, wildflower and landscape gardening, irrigation, garden maintenance, and preparation for a summer away. Class concludes with a walking tour of the Gardens.
$16, $8 members per class. No peregistration required. All classes are taught by trained docents and include Gardens admission. Discounted four-class package: $48, $24 members. Check out our other Signature Classes at the Gardens at www.tucsonbotanical.org:
Gardening for the Newcomer, Xeriscape, Not Zeroscape!, Successful Plants for Tucson Gardens, and Rainwater Harvesting.
Posted on December 11th, 2013. Comments Off
Historical photos show the Porter daughters playing with the family chickens, and you can be sure that the eggs from those chickens were used by the housekeeper, Edna. History has repeated itself; the Gardens once again has chickens!
“Mrs. Porter’s Chicken Coop” (named after founder, Bernice Porter) is located near the composting area in the back of the Gardens and is home to a small flock of 4-5 chickens. Continuing the Gardens commitment to responsible practices and education, the chicken program will exemplify sustainability. The eggs from the chickens will be used in the Café, garden trimmings and other suitable scraps will be fed to the flock and the chicken waste, which is very high in nitrates, will be used to fertilize the Gardens. The majority of the materials used in the construction of the coop were donated; recycled or re-purposed materials and the chickens themselves are courtesy of Jeff Spangler from Dharmish Farms in Marana.
Free with Gardens Admission
Posted on September 25th, 2013. Comments Off
Open 7 days a week, 9:30-3:00 pm beginning October 1st through April 30th
Join us for the opening of the 9th season of Butterfly Magic at the new Cox Communications Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Marvel and get up-close-and personal with nature’s flying flowers, and go home awed and inspired!
Dart Frogs have now been added to the Butterfly Magic exhibit and they have become all the rage! As of now, there are 5 different varieties and a total of 25 frogs. Native to Central and South America, Dart (or Arrow) Frogs received their name from Natives using their toxic secretion to poison the tips of blow darts. Their toxicity varies between species and is largely determined by diet and consuming native plants and bugs in Central and South America. The Gardens frogs are bred and live in a contained environment, so they do not carry high levels of toxicity. As with all frogs, if handled a slight burning will occur on the skin and hands should be washed immediately to avoid spreading.
Entrance to Butterfly Magic is included in your Gardens admission.
Membership gives you FREE entry into Butterfly Magic.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Posted on September 25th, 2013. Comments Off
Upcoming featured Artists and Groups:
Jan. 18 – Feb. 17, 2014: Treasures of the Amerind Reception Jan. 17 5-7 p.m.
The Amerind Museum and professional photographer Joe Kozlowski have teamed up for this exhibit. The exhibit features photographs taken from the Amerind Museum’s collection, concentrating on those works created with native southwestern plants or inspired by those plants. Work from seven centuries ago to the present are examined through this photographic series.
Joe Kozlowski, the photographic artist, and a Native American basket weaver will be on site during the opening reception to take questions and discuss the collection.
Feb. 20 – March 25, 2014: Beata Wehr Reception Feb. 20 5-7 p.m.
Beata Wehr is a visual artist and educator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland, and currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, traveling back to Europe every year. Beata paints and creates artist’s books, examining in her work the ideas of home, place, time, transience and multicultural experiences. Her works were shown in many international and national exhibitions and are included in over 50 public collections in the USA and abroad.
Posted on July 24th, 2013. Comments Off
November 15, 2013 – April 2014
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Daily
Invasive weeds threaten the quality of natural resources on both public and private lands and could cost millions of tax dollars to fix – unless we do something now! This fall, prepare to meet the invaders face-to-face in our new exhibit Alien Invasion: Of the Plant Kind. Discover the the intergalactic and imaginary plant invaders featured in sci-fi movies, literature and comic books from The Day of the Triffids to Little Shop of Horrors. Then consider how Earth’s real plants and animal, like bufflegrass and imported red fire ants, can invade new territory and the very real problems they can cause. Free with Gardens Admission.
Fridays and Saturdays ● 10am and 2pm (March-May)
Learn about the threat of invasive species in Tucson from our live interpreter, Agent Frazzle of the Alien Plant Investigation Bureau. Youth and adults are invited to become trained defenders of our natural ecosystems.
Posted on January 29th, 2013. Comments Off