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Butterfly Magic

October 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - May 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Butterfly Magic returns!  Always a favorite with first-time visitors and Garden Regulars alike, Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare live butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom. Butterfly Magic is located inside our Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion greenhouse. Also be sure to check out the Chrysalis Exhibit, a fascinating look into the metamorphic life of a butterfly.  With a little patience, and luck, you may see a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis for…

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Kate Breakey: Black Tulips

January 19 - April 28
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way + Google Map

Kate Breakey is known throughout the world for her artistic photographs of nature. In 2011 Kate visited Amsterdam, the tulip capital of the world, and in 2012, she purchased a bag of "Queen of the Night" tulip bulbs and began to read about how to grow tulips in Tucson. Kate then gave the bulbs, along with the instructions, to eight of her closest friends and asked them to grow the black tulip so she could photograph it. They all succeeded,…

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Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

January 26 - April 13
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, 85712
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American Society of Botanical Artists and the New York Botanical Gardens  This Exhibition features fourty-four artworks, from artists from all over the country, and depicts one of the planets most important and beautiful resources. These tree subjects have been found in botanical gardens and arboreta throughout the US and around the world. A central goal with the exhibition is to highlight the role botanical gardens and arboreta play in education the public about trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles,…

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Robert J. Wick: Earth, Life, Man

January 26 - June 30

When we first heard artist Robert J. Wick speak the words, "Until you can grow a tree from your own heart, you'll never understand the oneness of all things," we knew that Robert's monumental sculptures, each of which carry a living plant or tree, belonged at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. According to Robert, "The flora are not decorations; but are an integral part of the art defining its character by quality, shape and nature of the plants used... My works…

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Events

December 2016

Oaxacan Wood Carving Demonstration

December 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am - December 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way + Google Map

December 6th and 7th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agustin Cruz Prudencio and his brother Manuel are award winning wood carvers from Oaxaca, Mexico. Both young men, trained under their father, have excelled in their art form. Using the traditional tools of their trade, a machete, and  a variety of knives and chisels, they are recognized as outstanding artists in Mexico and the United States. After they have completed carving a sculpture, their wives paint them with fanciful, delicate designs.…

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Frida’s Roots: Understanding Mexican History through Frida Kahlo and Her Art

December 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Understanding Mexican History through Frida Kahlo and Her Art Michael Brescia, PhD. Part of Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo's Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences A Lecture Series Presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College Sponsored by Salon Nouveau Thursday, Dec. 8th 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 Garden Members Historian Michael Brescia will examine how Frida Kahlo’s artwork reflects the broad sweep of Mexican history, from Pre-Columbian times through the Spanish colonial period and the tumultuous nineteenth and twentieth…

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Esperanza Azteca, Performing Live!

December 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Esperanza Azteca Tuesday, Dec. 13th 10 a.m. FREE* Come to the Gardens and enjoy a magical Holiday performance by the Children of Esperanza Azteca of Sonora, Mexico. The Tucson Botanical Gardens is delighted to welcome the Esperanza Azteca Orchestra of Sonora, Mexico. Beginning at 10 a.m, they will be performing traditional holiday music and classical favorites.  This magical performance will occur in the SAHBA Pavillion and be free to attend. Esperanza Azteca has traveled to Tucson through their own fundraising efforts.…

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Exhibit Tour, Led By Scott Pask

December 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tour the Exhibit With Designer Scott Pask Tuesday, Dec. 20 11 a.m. - noon     Scott Pask is a Tony Award-winning set designer, University of Arizona graduate and the creative mind responsible for bringing Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul to life in the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden.  Now that the exhibit has relocated to Tucson Botanical Gardens, Mr. Pask has generously offered to lead a tour that will give the visitor an insider's look…

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January 2017

Frida’s Roots: Face to Face With Frida

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Face to Face With Frida Stevie Mack Part of Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo's Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences A Lecture Series Presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College Sponsored by Salon Nouveau Thursday, January 12th 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 Garden Members Admiration for Frida Kahlo’s artwork extends worldwide. Known for her self-portraits and still life paintings, Kahlo expressed her love of nature with images of plants, fruits and animals. This presentation will investigate complexities of the…

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A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo

January 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Casa de la Luz Hospice and Tucson Botanical Gardens present "A Natural Journey: Living and Dying in the Old Pueblo" A workshop designed to help the living engage with end-of-life Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This program has sold out.  Registration is no longer available.    Schedule 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration and Coffee   9:00 – 9:15 a.m.          Opening remarks Frank Williams, Director of Social Services Casa de la Luz Hospice   9:15 – 10:30…

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Frida’s Roots: The Evolution of Archetypes and Identity in the Corridos of the Borderlands

January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Evolution of Archetypes and Identity in the Corridos of the Borderlands Dr. Dolores Duran-Cerda Part of Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo's Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences A Lecture Series Presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College Sponsored by Salon Nouveau Thursday, January 26th 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 Garden Members Corridos are folk ballads that have been part of the oral tradition in Mexican culture for over a century.  In the early years, they were a form of…

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Frida al Fresco

January 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - May 27, 2017 @ 8:30 am

Select Friday Evenings: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 28, May 26 5 - 8 p.m. Now that Frida Fridays are a permanent part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ schedule, it’s only appropriate that once a month, we celebrate Frida in a major way!  Starting Jan. 27, and continuing on the fourth Friday of every month, the Gardens will be the center of all things Frida Kahlo.  There will be performances, food and festive refreshments that bring Frida Kahlo’s…

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February 2017

Frida’s Roots: Frida Kahlo as Subject and Object in Contemporary Art

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Frida Kahlo as Subject and Object in Contemporary Art Edward J. Sullivan Part of Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo's Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences A Lecture Series Presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College Sponsored by Salon Nouveau This Lecture will take place at the Pima Community College District Office 4905 E. Broadway Friday, Feb. 3rd 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free Admission Frida Kahlo's art and personality exerted a definitive impact on fine arts and popular culture throughout the…

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Frida’s Roots: The Popol Vuh

February 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Popol Vuh: The Sacred Stories of the Maya Guadalupe Annette Cruikshank, Ph.D. Part of Frida's Roots: Frida Kahlo's Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences A Lecture Series Presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens and Pima Community College Sponsored by Salon Nouveau Thursday, February 9th 6 - 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 Garden Members The Popol Vuh is a book about the Creation story of the Maya.  The Creator Heart of Sky, after many attempts to create the human race, created the True…

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