Hours & Admission (prices subject to change)
BUTTERFLY MAGIC HOURS
Butterfly Magic is currently closed until further notice.
CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, January 1st (New Year’s Day), & July 4th
2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712 Map It
Directions from I-10 W
- Follow I-10 W to S Alvernon Way in Pima County.
- Take exit 265 from I-10 W
- Merge onto S Alvernon Way
- Slight right to stay on S Alvernon Way
- Destination will be on your right.
The Gardens is committed to providing quality, lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. We offer a collection of certificate programs as well as Community Classes that range in topic from Gardening, Wellness, Art, Nature and Ecology.View Classes
Ignite the GardenView all events
Aloe Alley is a quiet and shady garden path, a favorite with Gardens employees. See hummingbirds flock to this area when the Aloe are flowering.
Backyard Bird Garden
The Backyard Bird Garden shows how to attract birds the natural way. Watch for hummingbirds, cardinals, and quail year-round.
The Pollinator Garden displays a variety of seasonal plants that attract regional and migrating pollinators including butterflies, bees and birds.
Cactus & Succulent Garden
The Cactus and Succulent Garden features cacti from the southwestern states, Mexico, South America and Africa, plus hardy Old and New World succulents.
Children’s Discovery Garden
The Children’s Discovery Garden takes you on a journey through the life cycle of a plant.
Thornville Garden RailwayWatch the train as it winds through a miniature town. Hear it chug and whistle as you stroll around theGardens. (Operation subject to weather and other conditions)
Home to Butterfly Magic, the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion, in addition to the seasonal Tropical Butterfly display, contains an impressive selection of tropical plants such as Orchids, Hibiscus, Sword Ferns and Bromeliads.
The Herb Garden displays a rich variety of culinary, fragrance, and medicinal herbs that can be grown in Tucson.
The Shade Garden demonstrates which regional plants thrive and are appropriate for shady spots.
The Historical Garden features many trees and shrubs commonly planted in Tucson during the 1930s, 40s and 50s – including olive, myrtle, and dwarf citrus.
Don’t miss the Iris Garden in April when it’s in full bloom. You will see a spectacular display of color and a wide variety of bearded iris.
(Barrio Garden) Nuestro Jardin honors Tucson’s traditional Mexican-American neighborhood gardens with a charming and colorful display of flowers, trees, herbs, and objects commonly seen in barrio gardens.
The Wildflower Garden features a variety of southwest annuals and perennials such as, Penstemon, lupine, Mexican gold poppy, desert marigold and owl’s clover, which are in bloom during spring. In the summer the space is graced with Mexican hat and chocolate flower.
The Zen Garden is a quiet haven for reflection and peaceful contemplation.
The Xeriscape Garden demonstrates a beautiful, lush and low-water-use landscape, perfect for any Tucson backyard.
Native American Crops Garden
The Native Crops Garden displays traditional crops from the southwestern U.S. and Mexico with an emphasis on plants grown by the Tohono O’odham.
Plants of the Tohono O’odham Path
Plants of the Tohono O’odham path honors the relationship between native peoples and the plants of the Sonoran Desert.
Dine amid the birds and flowers
Join us daily for breakfast or lunch made with fresh, seasonal ingredients handpicked by our executive chef, Todd Sicolo. Enjoy the southwestern flavors of Arizona while safely dining outdoors on our beautiful Xeriscape Garden patio. Or grab-and-go with a drink or snack as you continue your visit around the Gardens.
Admission to the Gardens is a separate and required cost for all Edna’s Eatery guests.View café page
Host an Event
The Tucson Botanical Gardens offers an enchanting setting for any type of event. Whether you’re planning a large wedding or conference or an intimate bridal shower or meeting. The Gardens offers a variety of different spaces to accommodate your needs.Learn more
It’s more than THE Gardens, it’s YOUR Gardens. Join the Tucson Botanical Gardens family and be a part of an engaged community that loves Tucson, the desert and all that the southwest has to offer.Become a member
An Urban Oasis in the heart of Tucson, The Tucson Botanical Gardens sits on 5 ½ acres with 17 different, residentially scaled Gardens.Download PDF
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 x29 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Gardens is a living museum. For its protection and the enjoyment of others, please follow these simple guidelines:
- Stay on the maintained paths.
- Do not climb on trees, walls, sculptures or foundations.
- Smell the flowers but do not collect any plants or plant materials.
- Pets are not permitted except for service animals. The exception is our Dog Days of Summer (June – September).
- PLEASE DO NOT leave pets in your vehicle.
- No Soliciting.
- The Gardens is a non-smoking facility, this includes e-cigarettes.
The Tucson Botanical Gardens values and appreciates feedback from visitors. Although we may not be able to respond to individual comments and inquiries, all feedback is reviewed by senior management and taken into account in our strategic and planning processes.