What are your hours and rates?
Is the Gardens inside or outside?
We are located on 5 1/2 acres and are outside, with the exception of the Butterfly Magic exhibit (inside Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion greenhouse) and various artwork exhibits (inside Legacy Gallery, Porter Hall, Friends House Gallery and Education Classroom). For your comfort in the outside environment, please consider wearing or bringing sunscreen, hat, water bottle, and bug repellent.
Can I bring my dog to the Gardens?
It depends on the time of year that you’re visiting, as only service animals are allowed during our Oct-May season. PLEASE DO NOT leave pets in your vehicle, but consider checking Rover.com (click here) to find local dog sitters/walkers. We do welcome all of our leashed-canine friends every day during the months of June-September only. Admission for dogs during this time is $3 per day or you may purchase a Dog Membership for $20, with additional dogs for $10 each.
Dog Memberships are available, include a personalized dog tag (which serves as Gardens entry) and allow for unlimited admission during the months of June-September. We provide dog bowls and clean-up stations scattered throughout the Gardens during these months and ask that you do your part to help keep the Gardens beautiful.
Note: Service animals that are identified with a vest or collar are welcome in the Gardens at no cost.
Are wheelchairs available at the Gardens?
Yes, we have several non-motorized wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-serve basis free of charge in the gift shop.
Is the Butterfly Magic exhibit included with admission?
Yes, Butterfly Magic is included with Gardens admission, and is open everyday (including weekends) Oct 1st through May 31st from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Do you accept reciprocal (outside) garden admissions?
No, we don’t accept reciprocal memberships from outside gardens.
Do I have to pay for admissions if I make a Cafe Botanica reservation?
Yes, guests dining at Cafe Botanica must pay Gardens admission or be a current member of the Tucson Botanical Gardens or be guests entering with Member’s guest pass(es). Our current zoning permits require the cafe to be used for “secondary purposes.” Click here for Café Botanica hours and information.
Can I smoke in the Gardens?
No, the Gardens is a non-smoking facility, including e-cigarettes.
Can I pick flowers or other plants at the Gardens?
No, please smell and see our plants but don’t collect or pick any plants or plant materials!
Can I take pictures in the Gardens?
Personal photos are allowed throughout the Gardens. Commercial use of photographs are prohibited without the full written consent of Tucson Botanical Gardens. Photo shoots may be arranged by calling 520.326.9686 ext. *29 or emailing email@example.com. During your visit you may be filmed, videotaped or photographed by Tucson Botanical Gardens employees or contracted professional. Your admission to the Gardens serves as permission for use of your image by Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Do you offer public passes?
Yes, we participate in the Pima County Library Culture Pass Program. A Culture Pass can be checked out at select libraries and serve as admission (two people entrance). Click here for more information.
Can the Gardens provide me with regular gardening services, sell flower/plant arrangements, identify my own insects/plants or sell me butterflies?
No, we don’t provide any of these services, but we suggest reviewing our community links (click here) for references.
I forgot an item at the Gardens, how can I check the Lost & Found?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 520-326-9686 extension star (*) 16.
I am visiting the Gardens today. Should I join/renew online first?
You are welcome to either join/renew online or at the Gardens Gift Shop. If you join/renew online, please print your receipt to use for entrance to the Gardens. Please note that if you join/renew online, your guest passes will arrive with your membership materials in 2-3 weeks.
How do I purchase or renew a membership?
There are several convenient ways to purchase or renew a membership:
- By visiting the Gardens Gift Shop
- By calling Member Services at (520) 326-9686, Ext *13
- Or, by ordering online
You will receive a renewal notice form by mail one month prior to your membership expiring. If you did not receive a renewal notice, please call and let us know.
Can I renew early?
Yes. If you renew your membership before it has expired, your membership will be extended for 1 year from your current expiration date.
Can I gift a membership to someone else?
Yes. Gift Memberships are a wonderful way to say “Happy Birthday,” “Thank You,” or “Welcome to Tucson!” You can purchase or renew a Gift Membership using any of the sources listed above. We will include your personalized note with the membership cards. Annual renewal notices will then be sent to you unless indicated otherwise.
Can I apply my admission fee toward the cost of a membership?
Yes. If you are not a Member and are considering joining, you may visit the Gardens before deciding and apply your admission toward a membership when you leave. This is valid only on the same day of your visit. You may apply one admission ticket toward the cost of a Student or Senior OR Individual membership. You may apply two admission tickets toward the cost of a Garden Friend, Family, Cholla, Agave, Octotillo or Saguaro membership.
I have a membership card. Why am I asked to show a photo ID?
The Gardens is a nonprofit organization that relies on its Members for support and deeply values this relationship. Membership cards are valid only for the Member(s) listed on the card(s) and may not be loaned or given to anyone else to use. In order to protect the benefits of membership, we reserve the right to request photo ID.
I forgot or lost my membership card. Can I still visit the Gardens?
Yes. You will be asked to present a photo ID in the Gardens Gift Shop and complete a card replacement form, if your card is lost. We charge a $2 replacement fee, which you can pay at the Gardens Gift Shop or by calling Member Services at (520) 326-9686, Ext *13.
How long does it take to process my membership?
Memberships take two to three weeks to process, depending on volume. For memberships purchased or renewed in the Gardens Gift Shop or online, you may use your receipt and photo ID to enter the Gardens until your membership card(s) arrive.
Who can I name on my membership card?
|Student or Senior/Individual||1 membership card||Primary Member only|
|Garden Friend||2 membership cards||Primary Member + Secondary Member|
|Family/Cholla/Agave/Ocotillo & Saguaro||2 membership cards||Primary Member + Secondary Member
Up to 4 household children/grandchildren are included, but not named on membership cards.
Am I required to list a Secondary Member?
No. If you purchase a Garden Friend or higher level membership without a Secondary Member, you will instead receive two membership cards with the Primary Member’s name. This allows you to bring a guest to the Gardens using the second membership card, so long as you – the Primary Member – are also present.
What if I have a third adult in my family? (i.e. an adult child or nanny)
You can select “Add a 3rd Adult” when you purchase or renew your membership. The cost of this 3rd adult is $15. Please be sure to include the name of this 3rd adult when completing the form or, if this person might change during the year of your membership, you may designate “& Nanny,” for example.
Note: The 3rd Adult option applies only to one additional adult per membership. Any additional adults would warrant a separate membership.
What if I have more than four children in my household?
You can select “Add Additional Children” when you purchase or renew your membership. The cost of each additional child is $5. You do not need to include the names of your additional children, as they will not be listed on the membership cards.
Can I bring my caregiver?
Yes. If you are disabled and require a caregiver to accompany you to the Gardens, we will add “& Caregiver” to your membership at no additional cost.
How many guest passes will I receive and who can use them?
The number of guest passes depends on your membership level. The following levels receive 2 guest passes each year: Student or Senior, Individual, Garden Friend and Family. Each of the higher membership levels receives 4 guest passes each year, plus a discount on purchasing additional guest passes: Cholla, Agave, Ocotillo and Saguaro.
Guest passes are one-time, one-day use paper tickets, valid for one year. Guest passes may be used by any individual of your choosing for entry to the Gardens. A Member does not need to be present for their guest(s) to use guest passes.
I lost my guest passes, so can I get them replaced?
No. Please keep your guest passes safe – if guest passes are lost or stolen, we are unable to replace them. You may purchase additional guest passes for $13 each (or at a discount if you are a Cholla, Agave, Ocotillo or Saguaro member).
Can I use my guest passes immediately?
Yes. If you purchase/renew your membership at the Gardens Gift Shop, you may elect to receive your guest passes immediately. Should you decide to purchase/renew your membership online or by phone, your guest passes will arrive in the mail in 2-3 weeks, along with your membership cards.
If a named member is unable to accompany me, can I bring a guest in their place?
Yes. Members at the Garden Friend level and above receive two membership cards. As long as one of the named Members accompanies the guest, you are welcome to bring another individual in the other Member’s place. Any additional guests accompanying the Member during this same visit will be required to either pay admission or use the Members’ guest pass(es).
Can I loan my membership card(s) to a friend or family member?
No. Memberships are nontransferable and valid only for the person (or persons) whose name(s) appear on the card. As a nonprofit organization that relies on membership and attendance for support, we appreciate your adherence to this policy.
Is my membership tax-deductible?
Yes, a portion of your gift is tax-deductible:
Membership category Cost of Membership Tax-deductible portion
How do I take advantage of my member benefits?
Member benefits will be mailed with your membership cards. If you have a question about how to access discounts or other benefits, please contact Member Services at (520)326-9686, Ext *13 or email@example.com
Do you offer reciprocal benefits with other botanical gardens?
No. Unfortunately, your TBG membership does not include reciprocal membership benefits for other institutions.
Can I upgrade my membership?
Yes. You may upgrade your membership at any time to make a greater contribution to the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ mission.
If you want to upgrade your current membership, you may pay the difference between the two levels and you will begin receiving the new benefits immediately. Your membership expiration date will stay the same.
An additional option to upgrade is to pay the full price of the new membership level. Should you choose this option, you will begin receiving the new benefits immediately and your membership expiration date will be extended for 1 year from your current expiration date.
My name is spelled incorrectly or I changed my name. When can I update my membership card(s)?
Membership only processes name changes once a year, at the time of renewal. Please do print legibly on your membership application and note your name change when you renew your membership.
I have a seasonal address. Where will I receive membership materials?
If you have a seasonal address, please contact Member Services at (520)326-9686, Ext *13 or firstname.lastname@example.org with both addresses and the dates you reside at each location, because we want your membership materials to be sent to the correct address.
I am moving out of town. Can I discontinue my membership?
You may discontinue your membership at any time by contacting Member Services at (520)326-9686, Ext *13 or email@example.com and note that membership fees are nonrefundable. You may transfer your membership at the same level to a friend or family member.