Set amid residential neighborhoods in midtown Tucson, these gardens are an oasis of greenery and, though small, are well worth a visit if you’re interested in desert plant life, landscaping, or gardening. On the 5 1/2-acre grounds, there are a dozen different gardens that not only have visual appeal, but also are educational. You can learn about creating a garden for birds or for butterflies, and then see what sort of crops the Native Americans of this region have traditionally grown. A sensory garden stimulates all five senses. A toy train layout and a tropical butterfly house (open fall through spring) make this a surprisingly good place to bring the kids.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Way, USA
Our Rating Hours Sat–Wed 7:30am–4:30pm, Thurs–Fri 7:30am–8pm. Closed New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Dec 24–25 Transportation Bus: 9 or 11 Phone 520/326-9686 Prices $15 adults; $13 seniors, military, and students; $8 ages 4–12 Web site Tucson Botanical Gardens
Map2150 N. Alvernon Way USA Tucson
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