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Tucson Botanical Gardens: A Desert Oasis of Natural Beauty

Enjoy the beauty of the desert at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, a 5.5 acre collection of sixteen residentially scaled urban gardens in Tucson, Arizona. Paths connect these gardens, which include a Zen Garden, a Prehistoric Garden, a Barrio Garden, a Butterfly Garden (open Oct 1st through May 31st), a Xeriscape Garden, and a Children’s Garden.

A local favorite, spend a few hours or a full day at the gardens. We recommend checking out Cafe Botanica while you are there; the menu is inspired by the culinary traditions of the Sonoran desert and high-desert of Northern New Mexico, and is committed to using local, sustainable ingredients and gleaning from the Gardens when possible.

For your comfort, consider bringing sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle, and bug repellent.

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