Tucson Botanical Garden is a 5 1/2 acre collection of 17 special gardens concealed in the very heart of Tucson. They include residential gardens; a seasonal butterfly exhibition; rotational art exhibitions; training for young people and adults; an elegant souvenir store; a Cafe Botanica snack bar; and special events.
It was founded in 1974.
TBG, an island of lovely crops for more than 50 years, has not begun as a garden. Initially, it was home to Rutger and Bernice Porter. In 1968, Bernice transferred the ownership to the city of Tucson provided that it should become a botanical garden. In 1974, the city of Tucson and the Botanical Garden of Tucson started to administer the estate cooperatively. TBG contributes to the safe and suitable use of plants and water in a desert setting by means of training and display and ensures a place of peace and harmony for Tucson citizens and tourists.
The oldest buildings on the property, dating back to the 1920s, were made of boxwood bricks made on site. Faithful to Ms. Porter’s view, the Tucson Botanical Garden is a site of beauty, encouragement and learning about the natural world. The Tucson Botanical Garden promotes art through its rotating exhibits in the Porter Hall Gallery and features a seasonal, lively exhibition of tropical butterflies “Magic Butterfly” (October-April). Garden excursions, special activities and programmes are offered all year round.
The Garden Gift Shop offers eclectic local and regional products created in the garden style for all ages. Dine at our lovely outdoor patio at the Birdhouse Cafe with Acacia. Hold your meeting, wedding or special event at Gardens.
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