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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Your Urban Oasis
in the heart of Tucson

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Jan 26–Jun 30

Washed Ashore

Art to Save the Sea

Jan 6–Apr 1

Parks in Focus

Celebrating 25 years

Jan 19–Jun 30

Antarctica

Photographs by Vicky Stromee & Catherine Harold

October 1 – May 31

Butterfly Magic

Celebrating 20 Years!

Special Hours:
9:30am – 3:00pm

The Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion is our tropical oasis featuring hundreds of butterflies that flutter around you as you walk, tropical plants not easily seen in the Southwest, and dazzling showy orchids from around the world. This year we are celebrating 20 years of Butterfly Magic!

As southern Arizona’s first and only tropical butterfly exhibit, we are honored to have set the standard for how these amazing species can and should be displayed.  Butterfly Magic’s ability to constantly change and evolve has kept it a staple of Tucson that can be revisited time and time again.  It has truly been a magical 20 years, and we look forward to 20 more!

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In this natural oasis, one can easily lose themselves in the beauty of their surroundings and find a sense of calm within the world. It’s simply beautiful.

– Derrick D.

events at the garden

Celebrate with loved ones.

Our beautiful garden setting is the ideal location for any event; weddings, memorials, corporate events, or private parties. We offer premier catering by Westward Look Resort. Let us help you create a memorable and unique event.

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Awesome place to admire all of the wonders of nature that Tucson has to offer! Always a pleasure! The Butterflies were amazing!! Be sure to check out the gift shop for some wonderful take a ways to remember your visit!

– Shawna L.