Tucson's Urban Oasis

Tucson's Urban Oasis


The Tucson Botanical Gardens 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.


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.

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Core Values

Core Values

As the Tucson Botanical Gardens moves forward, its leadership respects the Porter legacy and all that it embodies. Bernice Porter was committed to creating a garden that was both aesthetically beautiful and educational. She envisioned it as a community resource for learners of all ages, knowledge levels, and abilities—a center where one could learn about plants, gardening, and nature.

  • Beauty

    We strive to provide a setting that is beautiful to the eyes and attractive to all the senses.

  • Excellence

    We are committed to meeting the highest standards of performance.

  • Inspiration

    We seek to be a place that touches people’s hearts and minds.

  • Community

    We believe in the power of working together to share dreams and achieve common goals.

  • Education

    We believe that learning is a lifelong process that should be enjoyable and stimulating.

  • Integrity

    Consistent with our mission and policies, we strive to conduct all Garden activities ethically.

  • Stewardship

    By conserving and protecting our resources, we serve as a model for the community.

Board of Directors

Shelly Abbott - President John Smith - Vice President Joan Ardern - Secretary Karen McCloskey - Treasurer Steve Bossé Kelly Flannigan Chris Hazen Molina Langdon Hill Mary Laughbaum Margaret Livingston David Lovitt Shannan Marty Lisa Owens-Sredzinski Angie Johnson-Smith Mark P. Vitale Polly Putnam White Bernard Friedman, deceased - Emeritus Catherine McGibbon, deceased - Emeritus Lillian Fisher, deceased - Emeritus Donald Laidlaw - Emeritus Michelle Conklin - Ex Officio


Tucson Botanical Newsletter & Annual Report

The Newsletter

The Tucson Botanical Gardens publishes a quarterly Newsletter for members of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The Newsletter contains information on events, educational classes and informative articles.

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Annual Report

TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supported by income generated through admissions,memberships, gift shop sales, special events, classes and rentals, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and grants from the City and County. Volunteers assist the staff with almost every aspect of Gardens’ operations

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