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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Your Urban Oasis
in the heart of Tucson

Experience Tucson’s newest holiday tradition and visit our second annual holiday light show!

6:00pm – 9:30pm Tuesday – Sunday Nights

Current Exhibits

Sep 28–Jan 4

Drawn to the Desert

Botanical Illustrations by Joan McGann

Sep 8–Jan 14

Enchanted Gardens

Sculptures by John Benedict

Sep 9–Dec 31

La Calavera Catrina

Sculptures by Ricardo Soltero

Sep 28–Jan 4

Drawn to the Desert

Botanical Illustrations by Joan McGann

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!

Photograph of a butterfly

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.

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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.