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Butterfly Magic: A Tropical Wonderland in Tucson!

October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am - May 31, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

October through May 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily Included with Gardens admission This October, not only will we be unveiling our blockbuster exhibit, Origami in the Garden, but we will also see the return of Butterfly Magic to the Gardens’ Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion!  Always a favorite with first-time visitors and Garden Regulars alike, Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom.  Also on view is our…

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Origami in the Garden 2

October 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - April 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents the exhibit Origami in the Garden, a display of larger-than-life sculptures incorporating a traditional form of artistic expression surrounded by the beauty of the Gardens. Based on the ancient paper art form that traces its origins to early Japanese origins, Origami in the Garden takes the familiar and makes it new again. Kevin and Jennifer created the show, and many of the pieces in it, with world renowned origami masters Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson and Robert…

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Manabu Saito

October 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - April 1, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Manabu Saito October 9, 2017 to April 1, 2018 Available during Gardens Hours Included with Admission Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to present the work of artist and illustrator Manabu Saito in Porter Hall Gallery. This exhibit features original watercolors and drawings as well as limited edition prints, chosen from a lifetime of influence in the world of Botanical Illustration.   About the Artist: For more than 50 years, Manabu Saito has traveled the world in his continuing search for…

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Folded Forms Lecture Series

October 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

The FOLDED FORMS LECTURE SERIES brings artists, educators and scientists together to unfold the art, traditions and technological contributions derived from the ancient practice of origami. All Lectures Take Place at 6:00 p.m. Porter Hall, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Unless Noted Space is limited, Registration Required Sponsored by Jill Ballesteros in memory of Marto Ballesteros   October 9, 2017 Origami in the Garden2 -  Meet the Artist Kevin Box, Artist and Creator of the Exhibit Origami in the Garden2   October 26, 2017 Living Folds in Molecules, Beautiful Forms and Functions Dr. Jacob Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona   December 14, 2017 JWST: The Incredible Shrinking Telescope Dr. Kevin Hainline, Astronomer and Researcher, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona…

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March 2018

Oaxacan Weaving Demonstration and Rug Sale

March 7 @ 9:30 am - March 15 @ 3:30 pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, 85712
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March 7 - 15 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (open until 6:30 on March 9) Come see a Oaxacan Weaving Demonstration and Rug Sale at the Gardens! Tucson Botanical Gardens is happy to host master weaver Alex Martinez of Oaxaca, Mexico. He will be at the Gardens for the entire week to demonstrate his craft, promote the richness of the Zapotec culture and present a variety of beautiful rugs for you to purchase. Don't miss this opportunity to see a…

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April 2018

Arizona Gives Day

April 3

Join us for 24 hours of giving to benefit our local nonprofits and strengthen our community. Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. On April 3, the event will inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger and creating a thriving community for all. Please consider making a donation of ANY amount to the Gardens on this day and help us obtain one of…

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Quilt for a Cause: A Garden of Quilts

April 7 @ 8:00 am - July 30 @ 5:00 pm

A new exhibit for the summer brings the traditional art of quilting to the Gardens. Quilt for a Cause was started in 2003 by local Tucson quilter Jeannie Coleman as a way to make a difference in the local community and has grown to include hundreds of artists. Over three dozen, hand-crafted quilts will be on display and for sale. Proceeds going to help the Tucson Botanical Gardens and Quilt for a Cause.

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Arizona Blacksmiths Exhibit

April 13 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

The Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association has sponsored a series of Botanical Blacksmiths Exhibitions at Gardens around the state, and will be bringing their unique works to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Smiths often use botanical motifs in their work, in a variety of styles; from naturalistic, to stylized, to abstract. The association invites smiths to bring their most imaginative and creative work to these shows, in order to demonstrate to the public what modern blacksmiths can do.

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The Ultimate Home & Garden Tour

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Ultimate Home & Garden Tour returns to let you explore houses and gardens around the greater Tucson area! You’ll start the day off with a delicious champagne brunch at the Gardens provided by our very own Café Botanica. You’ll then be whisked away on a spacious tour coach to each home where you can see exciting plants and fascinating architecture. You’ll then rendezvous at a final home where you’ll be treated to additional wine and appetizers in a special…

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Urban Garden Festival

April 28 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Interested in creating you own backyard vegetable garden but not sure where to start? Do you have an established garden and are looking to maximize your yield of produce? Or, maybe you are looking for new ideas on how to cook and prepare your fresh backyard treats? Well, our newest event is for you! The Urban Garden Festival, formerly the Weird Plant Sale,  is a one-day event where  you can take several classes, see live cooking demonstrations, and purchase all…

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