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 , 10 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.


Third Tuesday monthly, 8:30 a.m.
Apr. 19

Included with admission

Interesting photography involves combinations of light, patterns, and color.  At the Gardens, there are visual opportunities that vary from day to day and season to season.  This walking tour will help participants develop an eye for lighting and composition through looking, discussing, and mutual learning.




Fourth Tuesday, monthly
Mar. 22, 10 a.m.
Apr. 26 and May 24, 10 a.m.

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.


History tour


First and third Saturday, monthly, 10 a.m.
Mar. 19, Apr. 2 & 16, May 7 & 21 

Included with admission

Take a trip back in time to explore the home and gardens of Bernice and Rutger Porter and learn how the property became the public treasure it is today.




Third Wednesday,monthly, 8:30 a.m.
Apr. 20, May 18

Included with admission

Join the Tucson Audubon Society for a backyard bird walk. Especially for beginning bird watchers, you’ll learn bird watching techniques and some tips for identifying many of the feathered visitors to our home gardens in Tucson. Bring your own binoculars or a limited number will be available for guests to borrow.



Audio Tours

Tucson Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer audio tours to help visitors explore our garden spaces.  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.