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Butterfly Magic: A Tropical Wonderland in Tucson!

October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - May 31, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

October through May 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily Included with Gardens admission This October, not only will we be unveiling our blockbuster exhibit, Origami in the Garden, but we will also see the return of Butterfly Magic to the Gardens’ Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion!  Always a favorite with first-time visitors and Garden Regulars alike, Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom.  Also on view is our…

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Origami in the Garden 2

October 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - April 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents the exhibit Origami in the Garden, a display of larger-than-life sculptures incorporating a traditional form of artistic expression surrounded by the beauty of the Gardens. Based on the ancient paper art form that traces its origins to early Japanese origins, Origami in the Garden takes the familiar and makes it new again. Kevin and Jennifer created the show, and many of the pieces in it, with world renowned origami masters Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson and Robert…

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Manabu Saito

October 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - April 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Manabu Saito October 9, 2017 to April 1, 2018 Available during Gardens Hours Included with Admission Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to present the work of artist and illustrator Manabu Saito in Porter Hall Gallery. This exhibit features original watercolors and drawings as well as limited edition prints, chosen from a lifetime of influence in the world of Botanical Illustration.   About the Artist: For more than 50 years, Manabu Saito has traveled the world in his continuing search for…

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Folded Forms Lecture Series

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The FOLDED FORMS LECTURE SERIES brings artists, educators and scientists together to unfold the art, traditions and technological contributions derived from the ancient practice of origami. All Lectures Take Place at 6:00 p.m. Porter Hall, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Unless Noted Space is limited, Registration Required Sponsored by Jill Ballesteros in memory of Marto Ballesteros   October 9, 2017 Origami in the Garden2 -  Meet the Artist Kevin Box, Artist and Creator of the Exhibit Origami in the Garden2   October 26, 2017 Living Folds in Molecules, Beautiful Forms and Functions Dr. Jacob Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona   December 14, 2017 JWST: The Incredible Shrinking Telescope Dr. Kevin Hainline, Astronomer and Researcher, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona…

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September 2017

Member Appreciation Night

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 30th 5 - 8 p.m. Butterfly Magic, Member Preview: 6 - 7 p.m. Tucson Botanical Gardens would like to welcome all of our current members to a special evening to show our appreciation for their continued support.  As a heartfelt thank you, we're offering a night of exclusive access to the Gardens and a special sneak preview to this season's Butterfly Magic Exhibit!  This is your chance to experience Butterfly Magic before it opens to the general public.…

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October 2017

Butterfly Affaire: Origami in the Garden

October 8 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, 85712
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Celebrating the Botanical Artist Manabu Saito and the Opening of Origami in the Garden2 Sunday, October 8, 2017 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tucson Botanical Gardens ushers in the Fall season with the annual Butterfly Affaire: a night of entertainment, delicious food and drink, and the unveiling of two exhibits featuring the work of internationally recognized artists. Tickets are now available. Gala Schedule: 4:30 p.m.     Exhibit Viewing (throughout the Gardens and in Porter Hall) 5:00 p.m.     Cocktails…

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TEP Home Energy Workshop

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday, Oct. 19 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free Registration now open to the general public! Admission will be waived after 5 p.m. for workshop participants. Learn how to save energy and money at home at a TEP Home Energizer Workshop! Tucson Electric Power will share free and low-cost energy efficiency measures you can implement at home to save energy and money. All workshop participants will receive a free Energy Efficiency Kit worth more than $40 that includes LED light bulbs,…

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All About Monarchs

October 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Butterfly Citizen Scientist and Public Speaker Susie Vanderlip Shares Her Work! Sunday, Oct. 22 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Included with Admission As an icon of butterflies, the monarch can inspire, delight and astonish. From their amazing metamorphosis to their tireless migration, these small creatures have captivated humanity for generations. Join Susie Vanderlip, Certified Speaking Professional and author of “The Story of Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva," for a lively presentation about these fascinating insects and find…

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Feast With the Dearly Departed

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 5 - 8 p.m. $13 General admission, $7.50 Children; $10 Member adults, $4.00 Member children Embrace Tucson tradition and the rich cultural heritage of the Sonoran Desert at the sixth annual Feast With the Dearly Departed.  This event has become the highlight of the season, bringing face painters, traditional music, pan de muerto and sugar skulls to Tucson Botanical Gardens.       The centerpiece of the evening is a community-made Ofrenda in the Nuestro Jardin to…

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November 2017

Family Fun Day: Exploring Origami!

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family Fun Day Friday, November 10 9 a.m. - noon Come to Tucson Botanical Gardens for another great Family Fun Day!  This popular, fun-for-all-ages, family event features hands-on activities that explore the exhibit Origami in the Garden2 .  Participants will create projects, crafts and games that draw on the theme of origami and how those forms are reflected in the natural world. Volunteers, Docents and members of the Tucson Botanical Gardens Education team will be on hand to answer questions and present activities…

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Green Friday & Small Business Saturday

November 24 @ 8:30 am - November 25 @ 4:30 pm

Green Friday Friday, November 24th, 7 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Show your support for small businesses and Tucson Botanical Gardens with every purchase! On Friday, Nov. 24th, escape the mega-mall and enjoy fabulous holiday shopping and the deep discounts associated with Black Friday in a calm, garden setting!  All shoppers will receive 10 percent off on Green Friday and the first 20 shoppers to spend $20 or more will receive a free tote bag! Tucson Botanical Gardens Members will save…

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Giving Tuesday

November 28 @ 12:00 am - 11:55 pm

    This year, on Tuesday, November 28, the Gardens joins in this global day dedicated to giving.  Help us inspire greater donations, volunteer hours, and community awareness.  We invite you to join the movement, spread the mission of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, help get out the word and GIVE this Giving Tuesday. Please take a moment and make your gift by filling out the form below. Then encourage a friend, and tell the world, to give to Tucson Botanical…

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December 2017

Luminaria Nights

December 1 @ 5:30 pm - December 10 @ 8:30 pm

December 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8th, 9th, 10th        5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $13 Adults, $7.50 Children $10 TBG Members, $4 Member Children Online Ticket Sales are Closed! Please purchase your tickets at the Gift Shop. Join us in celebrating the 31st annual Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens!  2,000 candlelit luminarias and a festive holiday light display will transform the Gardens into a winter wonderland with fun for the whole family. One of our most popular events of the year…

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Woodcarving Demonstration

December 5 @ 10:00 am - December 6 @ 3:00 pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, 85712
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Agustin Cruz Prudencio works with his father and brother in the family studio carrying on the thriving woodcarving tradition in Oaxaca.  Using the traditional tools of their trade, a machete, and a variety of knives and chisels, they are recognized as outstanding artists in Mexico and the United States. After they have completed carving a sculpture, their wives paint them with fanciful, delicate designs. Some of their favorite subjects include nacimientos, saints, angels, animals, and day of the dead inspired…

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