Where can you go to escape the hustle and bustle of the second largest city in Arizona without actually leaving the city? Tucson Botanical Gardens is located in the heart of Tucson at 2150 North Alvernon Way. The gardens cover 5 ½ acres are a wonderful place to go for a little fun and relaxation. The Tucson Botanical Gardens are open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm and are closed on New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve and Day. General admission for adults is $7, children ages 4-12 are $3, and children 3 and under as well as members of the Botanical Gardens are free.
The gardens are made up of 17 specialty gardens that include an herb garden, a Zen garden, and an Iris garden. There is a compost demonstration site, sensory patio, and a garden railway. Be sure to set aside at least a couple of hours to be able to explore each area of the gardens.
There are many special events held at the gardens throughout the year. One such event is Butterfly Magic that is open daily from 10am to 3pm except on holidays from the months of October until April. Admission to Butterfly Magic includes general admission to the gardens and is $12 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 4-12. Butterfly Magic showcases different species of butterflies and moths from around the world. The butterflies are kept in a greenhouse full of beautiful plants, flowers, and fountains. The butterflies roam freely around the greenhouse and will land on visitors.
On the garden grounds are Seven Cups Tea House and Cafe 54. The teahouse is located in the Grove of Peace and had its grand opening on December 4, 2009. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 3pm and offers a wide selection of Chinese organic teas and Japanese desserts. Cafe 54 is a bistro style restraint that is open daily from the months of October to May from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The cafe offers a variety of salads, sandwiches and desserts to choose from.
The volunteers at the Tucson Botanical Gardens are extremely friendly and helpful. They will answer any questions you may have and are eager to teach about the plants and animals in the gardens. Thanks to the volunteers, my sons had the opportunity to help free the butterflies that had completed metamorphosis into the open greenhouse. They got to handle bugs, worms, and other critters and learn all about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
Tucson Botanical Gardens in Tucson, Arizona is a place of tranquility and is fun for visitors of all ages. They are open all year around and offer numerous activities and special events. For more information on the special events coming up, general information, or how to become a member of the gardens, please go to http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/.