Hours & Admission (prices subject to change)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (7 days a week)
Butterfly Magic 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*CLOSED: July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.
The Gardens is committed to providing quality, lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. We offer a collection of certificate programs as well as Community Classes that range in topic from; Gardening, Wellness, Nature and Ecology and Art.View Classes
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.View Tours
Twilight ThursdaysView all events
Porter Hall Gallery: the Tucson Botanical Gardens' Staff ShowView all events
Al Fresco FridaysView all events
Early Bird WeekendsView all events
Breakfast at Cafe BotanicaView all events
Dog Portraits in the GardensView all events
Aloe Alley is a quiet and shady garden path, a favorite amongst employees. See hummingbirds flock to this area when the Aloe are flowering.
Backyard Bird Garden
The Backyard Bird Garden shows how to attract birds the natural way. Watch for hummingbirds, cardinals, and quail year-round.
The Butterfly Garden displays a variety of seasonal plants that attract regional butterflies.
Cactus & Succulent Garden
The Cactus and Succulent Garden features cacti from the southwestern states, Mexico, and South America, plus hardy Old and New World succulents.
Children’s Discovery Garden
The Children’s Discovery Garden takes you on a journey through the life cycle of a plant.
Thornville Garden RailwayWatch the train as it winds through a miniature town. Hear it chug and whistle as you stroll around theGardens. (Operation subject to weather and other conditions)
Home to Butterfly Magic, the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion, in addition to the seasonal Tropical Butterfly display, contains an impressive selection of tropical plants such as Orchids, Hibiscus, Sword Ferns and Bromeliads.
The Herb Garden displays a rich variety of culinary, fragrance, and medicinal herbs that can be grown in Tucson.
The Shade Garden demonstrates which regional plants thrive and are appropriate for shady spots.
The Historical Garden features many trees and shrubs commonly planted in Tucson during the 1930s, 40s and 50s – including olive, myrtle, and dwarf citrus.
Don’t miss the Iris Garden in April when it’s in full bloom. You will see a spectacular display of color and a wide variety of bearded iris.
(Barrio Garden) Nuestro Jardin honors Tucson’s traditional Mexican-American neighborhood gardens with a charming and colorful display of flowers, trees, herbs, and objects commonly seen in barrio gardens.
The Wildflower Garden features a variety of southwest annuals and perennials such as, Penstemon, lupine, Mexican gold poppy, desert marigold and owl’s clover, which are in bloom during spring. In the summer the space is graced with Mexican hat and chocolate flower.
The Zen Garden is a quiet haven for reflection and peaceful contemplation.
The Xeriscape Garden demonstrates a beautiful, lush and low-water-use landscape, perfect for any Tucson backyard.
Native American Crops Garden
The Native Crops Garden displays traditional crops from the southwestern U.S. and Mexico with an emphasis on plants grown by the Tohono O’odham.
Plants of the Tohono O’odham Path
Plants of the Tohono O’odham path honors the relationship between native peoples and the plants of the Sonoran Desert.
Dine amongst the birds and flowers
Café Botanica is run by long time Tucson caterer and Gallery of Food owner, Kristine Jensen. The menu is inspired by the culinary traditions of the Sonoran desert and high-desert of Northern New Mexico. Kristine and her team are committed to using local, sustainable ingredients and gleaning from the Gardens when possible..View café page
Host an Event
The Tucson Botanical Gardens offers an enchanting setting for any type of event. Whether you’re planning a large wedding or conference or an intimate bridal shower or meeting. The Gardens offers a variety of different spaces to accommodate your needs.Learn more
It’s more than THE Gardens, it’s YOUR Gardens. Join the Tucson Botanical Gardens family and be a part of an engaged community that loves Tucson, the desert and all that the southwest has to offer.Become a member
An Urban Oasis in the heart of Tucson, The Tucson Botanical Gardens sits on 5 ½ acres with 17 different, residentially scaled Gardens.Download PDF
Personal photos are allowed throughout the Gardens. Commercial use of photographs are prohibited without the full written consent of Tucson Botanical Gardens. Photo shoots may be arranged by calling 520.326.9686 x29 or emailing email@example.com. During your visit you may be filmed, videotaped or photographed by Tucson Botanical Gardens employees or contracted professional. Your admission to the Gardens serves as permission for use of your image by Tucson Botanical Gardens.
The Gardens is a living museum. For its protection and the enjoyment of others, please follow these simple guidelines:
- Stay on the maintained paths.
- Do not climb on trees, walls, sculptures or foundations.
- Smell the flowers but do not collect any plants or plant materials.
- Pets are not permitted except for service animals. The exception is our Dog Days of Summer (June – Aug.)
- PLEASE DO NOT leave pets in your vehicle.
- The Gardens is a non-smoking facility.
The Tucson Botanical Gardens values and appreciates feedback from visitors. Although we may not be able to respond to individual comments and inquiries, all feedback is reviewed by senior management and taken into account in our strategic and planning processes.