Botanical Gardens, Tucson

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 Reviews

2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85712

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  • Negative experience in using Groupon coupon

    by PULAOKHAO Written May 31, 2012

    Gardens are nice but negative experience with using Groupon coupon. Paid in full in advance $8 to Groupon for admission for two at TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDEN. Receptionist still tried to charge entrance at 9am on 5-31-12 even though Groupon coupon required no further payment. First tried to charge $24. When I explained about Groupon coupon, she said I still owed $16. I explained that again that it was paid in full and she still tried to charge extra $8. I explained it was only for two people and the third person in our group was not going into the garden. She finally very condescendingly allowed two people to enter on GROUPON coupon. Reception rude and discourteous, perhaps because she is white and we are brown and Indian so she thought we are ignorant hicks she could easily cheat. Obviously I can only speculate on her motives since I can never know them for sure but I can certainly comment unequivocally on her behavior. TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS in violation of their contract with Groupon.

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    Flowers

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    The Tucson Botanical Gradens has a nice selection of plants and is very well presented. It is located pretty much in the center of town. The gardens are open daily 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM except national holidays. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 4-12. Here are some of the flowers they had on display.

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    by roamer61 Written May 22, 2006

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    Located in the center of town, these 5 acre gardens are marvelous. Here you can see various kinds of desert plants including cacti and flowering shrubbery. Birds and Butterflies are in abundance amongst the foliage and there is plenty of shade. A visit here of an hour or 2 is definitely worth the time if your into horticulture, nature or just looking for a pleasant place to visit.

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    by jedd43 Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    Spring Plant Sale - March
    Garden Art Exhibit - March
    Home Garden Tour - April
    Weird Plant Sale - June
    Herb Fair - April
    Fall Plant Sale - October
    La Fiesta de los, Chiles - October
    Luminaria Nights - December

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    by CDWangs Written Jun 15, 2003

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    Coming from a sub-tropical region, one of things I was excited about was the prospect of getting to see some desert vegetation. The Botanical Gardens was a great place to do just that. They have five acres of land, and many exhibits. I saw all of the local plants I'd ever heard of, and so many other types that I never had.

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    Handicapped Accessable

    by Basaic Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    The entire gardens are handicapped accessable and there are benches throughout the park so you can sit and relax or rest as necessary.

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    Other Facilities and Items of Interest

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    They have a Reception Area set up for things like weddings and other activities; some fountains; a Komodo Dragon Statue; a picnic area; and a cafe.

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    Saint Fiacre

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
    Saint Fiacre

    In addition to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe there is a small statue of Saint Fiacre the patron saint of gardeners.

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    Guadalupe Shrine

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
    Guadalupe Shrine

    There is a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on site too. The Legend of Our Lady of Guadalupe dates back to 1531.

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    Fava Beans

    by Basaic Updated Apr 7, 2009
    Fava Beans

    I had to put this in here for all the "Silence of the Lambs" fans. If you don't get the reference, let me know.

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    Ramadas

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    The gardens had several ramadas set up showing different plants and types of gardens. I especially liked the Desert Ramada and the Zen Ramada.

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    Fun and Learning for the Kids

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    They also have a Children's Discovery portion. In addition to this special area there are different displays they can touch, smell and listen to enhancing the experience.

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    Cacti

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    Of course no botanical display in Arizona would be complete without some cacti. The Saguaro shows one form of deformity that happens occasionally to this type of cactus.

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    Native American Plants

    by Basaic Written Apr 7, 2009
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    They also had a nice display of plants used by area Native Americans and other displays about their lifestyle.

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