Tucson's Urban Oasis

Tucson's Urban Oasis


The Tucson Botanical Gardens connects people with plants and nature through art, science, history and culture.


The Tucson Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.

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Core Values

Core Values

As the Tucson Botanical Gardens moves forward, its leadership respects the Porter legacy and all that it embodies. Bernice Porter was committed to creating a garden that was both aesthetically beautiful and educational. She envisioned it as a community resource for learners of all ages, knowledge levels, and abilities—a center where one could learn about plants, gardening, and nature.

  • Beauty

    We strive to provide a setting that is beautiful to the eyes and attractive to all the senses.

  • Excellence

    We are committed to meeting the highest standards of performance.

  • Inspiration

    We seek to be a place that touches people’s hearts and minds.

  • Community

    We believe in the power of working together to share dreams and achieve common goals.

  • Education

    We believe that learning is a lifelong process that should be enjoyable and stimulating.

  • Integrity

    Consistent with our mission and policies, we strive to conduct all Garden activities ethically.

  • Stewardship

    By conserving and protecting our resources, we serve as a model for the community.

Board of Directors

Katharine Kent - President Michael Lex - Vice President Karen McCloskey - Treasurer Ellen Wheeler - Secretary Steve Bosse Arch Brown Lyuda Eisenman Kelly Flannigan Jayne Henninger Dr. William LaMear Erin Lingard Michael Luria Joan McGann Rita Power Lisa Owens-Sredzinski Anne Segal Deidra Spinks Christine Szuter Michael Toia Michelle Conklin - Ex Officio Donald Laidlaw - Emeritus David M. Lovitt, Jr. - Emeritus Bernard Friedman - Emeritus* Catherine McGibbon - Emeritus* Lillian Fisher - Emeritus* * deceased

Departments & Contact

Newsletter & Annual Report

The Newsletter

The Tucson Botanical Gardens publishes a quarterly Newsletter for members of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The Newsletter contains information on events, educational classes and informative articles.

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Annual Report and IRS Form 990

The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supported by income generated through admissions, memberships, gift shop sales, special events, classes and rentals, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and grants from the City and County. Volunteers assist the staff with almost every aspect of garden operations.

Past reports:

2016 -2017 990, click here.

Annual Report