Garden Tours

A variety of tours are offered throughout the year, depending on the season and Garden happenings. Taking a tour is a great way to learn about the history and plant collection at the Gardens. Garden Discovery Stations and Tours are contingent on docent availability and may be cancelled without prior notification. For an additional fee, groups may request a special time for any of the tours listed below.

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Thursdays and Fridays , 11 a.m.

Included with admission

This delightful morning tour offers a brief history of the Gardens, familiarizes guests with our native flora and showcases the wide variety of plants that grow successfully in Tucson.



Urban Tree Tour

Fourth Tuesday, monthly, 11 a.m.
Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23

Included with admission

The Gardens is home to over 100 different species of trees, many of which have been growing here for decades. This tour introduces some of the most common trees found in Tucson’s urban landscape and shares techniques on how to successfully chose and care for trees at home.


Photography Tour

Third Tuesday, monthly, 9 a.m.
Dec. 15, Jan. 19

Included with admission

Successful photography requires a careful balance of light, framing and color.  The Gardens provides visual opportunities that vary both daily and seasonally.  This walking tour will engage participants in developing an eye for photo composition through discussion, observation and mutual learning.



Audio Tours

Tucson Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer audio tours to help visitors explore our garden spaces.  MP3 players are available for check-out in the Gardens’ Gift Shop, or you can access the tours on your own smart phone or other mobile device. Relax and listen as these virtual tour guides take you back in time and across cultures to explore the many connections between plants, people and water.

Take the Nuestro Jardin Audio Tour! >

Tour begins in Nuestro Jardin, Available in English and Spanish.  

Take the Native Crops Garden Audio Tour! >

Tour begins on patio outside the gift shop.