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October 4, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Tucson Botanical Gardens in collaboration with Internationally acclaimed sculptor Mykl Wells is excited to bring you Luminous, an outdoor nocturnal art experience

A Message from artist Mykl Wells: Luminous is a series of illuminated sculptures based on the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. Each individually handmade lantern is built specifically for the Tucson Botanical Gardens to light up the night with wonder, curiosity and reverence for this place we call home.

As an Artist I drink deeply from the creative wellspring of the Sonoran desert. A region so rich in life that it is second only to the Amazon rain forest in biodiversity. I hope you see in my work the respect and love I have for the plants and animals of this region. And also in their frail spirit like state that they should not be taken for granted and that you will be inspired to help preserve the natural splendor that we enjoy.

Tucson Botanical Gardens has been a great partner and collaborator helping to bring this creative vision to life. In fact it would not be possible without their support.  I of course hope you go and enjoy the exhibition but also consider becoming a member. They are and do so much more  for our community than just plant flowers. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a gem right in the heart of our city.

Regular Garden Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Luminous Hours: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday through Sunday // Butterfly Magic will not be open during luminous hours

Costs (Non-Members)*: Adults: $15, Children (4-17): $8, Children Under 3: Free

Costs (Members)*: Adults: $8, Children (4-17): $4, Children Under 3: Free

*Because this is a special event/exhibit, a re-entry fee for members and guests are required after re-opening during the evening hours.

Members Only Unlimited Pass Program:


(includes 1 pass card)

$40 Admits 1 named member

Includes 2 one-time use Luminous passes


(includes 1 pass card)

$50 Admits 1 named member

Includes 2 one-time use Luminous passes


(includes 1 pass card)

$70 Admits 1 named member** & 1 guest*

**May name 2 members on card

Includes 3 one-time use Luminous passes


(includes 1 pass card)

$100 Admits 1 named member**, 1 guest, & 4 children

**May name 2 members on card

Includes 4 one-time use Luminous passes

  • Valid 5:30-8:30 p.m. October 4, 2018—January 6, 2019
  • Valid only with corresponding membership card.
  • Not valid for separately ticketed special events which include: Feast with the Dearly Departed and Luminaria Nights.
  • Pass must be presented for entry.
  • Pass cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.



October 4
January 6, 2019