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Jun 24

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Flowering Succulent The Tucson Botanical Garden has come a long way since its beginnings as a personal garden at the home of Harrison G. Yocum.  What started out as a large diverse collection of cacti and palms has turned into a botanical garden the city of Tucson can be proud of.  Today, the Tucson Botanical Gardens contain over twenty different sections including many different garden areas, a butterfly house (seasonal), a café (seasonal) and an art gallery.
Orange Butterfly

My visit to the Tucson Botanical Gardens took place in the middle of March and the weather could not have been better.  To me, it is amazing that a group could put together a botanical garden that could last through the hot Arizona summer months, but it does.  Another aspect that I really enjoyed about this garden was the fact that it was not too big nor too small it was just the right size for a leisurely walk.  Some of the gardens that Karen and I have been to have been massive.  The Denver Botanical Gardens is a good example and while the Denver Botanical Gardens is nice I prefer to go to a garden that is a little bit faster to go through.
Cacti

The top flora highlights for me at the garden were the tropical exhibit, wildflower garden, cactus and succulent garden, and the sensory garden area.  Every garden at the Tucson Botanical Gardens was well maintained I could just feel how much the people working at the gardens cared about and loved what they were doing.  Obviously being located in Tucson Arizona the majority of the plants at the garden were low-water –use and not what I would typically see at the other gardens I have been to, but I think that is what made this place unique for me.
Large Butterfly

While the garden was nice, what put this place over the line into being a must see is their  Butterfly Magic house which is seasonal and I am sure glad that it was open while I was there.  It was amazing seeing the variety and number of butterflies in their exhibit area.  It was the best part of the visit for me.  They were photography friendly and I ended up with some decent photographs.  I saw one of the biggest butterflies that I have even seen there.  It was massive.
Humming Bird

Another fun thing for me was seeing the amount of hummingbirds buzzing around the garden.  Karen and I put out a feeder every year and were happy to see one come around for a few days.  Here I was able to see several.  I just wish Karen would have been able to be with me to see them.  She would have been so excited.  I guess there is always next time.
Wildflowers

Overall, I would recommend going to the Tucson Botanical Garden, but only if the butterfly exhibit is open.  Do not get me wrong, the rest of the garden was nice to see, but the butterfly exhibit really made my visit worth the time and money.  If Karen and I are ever back in the Tucson area and all the seasonal things are up and running we will definitely stop by.
Tucson Botanical Garden

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
Hours of Operation- Open Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed Christmas Eve and Day, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting- Adults $8.00 Children 4 to 12 $4.00 some events like the butterfly house will cost extra
For more information visit their website at http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/
Black and White Butterfly

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