Garden Tours

A variety of docent-led tours are offered throughout the year and are included with Gardens admission. Taking a tour is a great way to learn about the history and plant collections of the Gardens.  Tours are contingent on docent availability and may be cancelled without prior notification.   Please see a schedule of current tours below or scroll down to listen to one of our self-guided audio tours. 

Garden Tour

Dates and times vary
Please see calendar below for current tour schedule
Included with admission.

This delightful docent-led tour familiarizes guests with the wide assortment of plants that grow successfully in Tucson and showcases a variety of gardening traditions and botanical themes present in our various specialty gardens.

Edible Tree Tour

Second Thursday, monthly
Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
10 to 11 a.m.
Included with admission.

More than 100 species of trees flourish at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  These trees not only give the Gardens its shady setting, but many of them also provide food.  Learn more about some of our favorite edible trees that grow well in our desert environment during this docent-led tour. Please RSVP using links in calendar below.

Backyard Bird Tour

Second Tuesday, monthly
Sept. 11, 8 a.m.
Oct. 9 and Nov. 13, 9 a.m.

This tour, led by a Tucson Audubon Society volunteer, will help you learn introductory birdwatching techniques and get an idea of how and why gardens, including yours at home, attract and support birds. Bring your own binoculars or a limited number will be available for guests to borrow. Garden bird lists are available in the Gift Shop.

Planning a group visit?

To make a self-guided group reservation for a discounted admission rate, please see the click: Request a Group Visit.  For an additional fee, groups may also request private tour guide by calling 520-326-9686 ext. *18.  Private tour guides are contingent upon docent availability and cannot be guaranteed.  Please make your request 30 days in advance so we can do our best to meet your needs.


Audio Tours

Tucson Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer audio tours to help visitors explore our garden spaces.  You can access the tours on your own smart phone or other mobile device. Relax and listen as these virtual tour guides take you back in time and across cultures to explore the many connections between plants, people and water.

Take the Nuestro Jardin Audio Tour! >

Tour begins in Nuestro Jardin, Available in English and Spanish.  

Take the Native Crops Garden Audio Tour! >

Tour begins on patio outside the gift shop.