Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Tucson Botanical Gardens is a collection of 16 residentially scaled gardens located at 2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, USA.A five-and-a-half-acre urban garden, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a lush and tranquil oasis in the heart of the city.Built from the historic nursery and home of the Porter Family, the shaded Historic Gardens and the Porter House Gallery offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy eleven rotating exhibits annually; these focus on emerging and established local and regional artists whose themes interpret the flora, fauna, and landscape of desert regions.Paths lead through a diverse selection of residentially scaled specialty gardens, including a Zen Garden, Prehistoric Garden, Barrio Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Children’s Garden. The Stonewall Foundation Tropical Exhibit is home to orchids, bromeliads, and jungle vegetation. During the months of October to April, the Exhibit hosts Butterfly Magic, a display of live tropical butterflies with species representation from five continents.Low-water gardening is exemplified in the Xeriscape Garden, while nearby Aloe Alley fills the early winter months with flowers. The Cactus and Succulent Garden presents hundreds of cacti and arid plants, geographically arranged to represent desert regions. This garden is embellished with exotic stones and minerals collected by the Gardens’ founder Harrison Yocum. Life in the desert is explored in the Native Crops Garden, which illustrates the prehistoric agricultural practices in Central and Southern Arizona. The Tohono O’odham Path winds among edible and utilitarian plants of the Sonoran Desert.HistoryOn March 31, 1975, an article in the Tucson Daily Citizen stated, “A dream of 10 years is about to be realized when Tucson Botanical Gardens is officially established at a permanent site of North Alvernon Way.”


Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson , AZ 85705
United States
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