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Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85712

Tucson Botanical Gardens
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The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a 5.5 acre collection of sixteen residentially scaled urban gardens in Tucson, Arizona.
The Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion is home to orchids, bromeliads, and jungle vegetation, along with a display of live tropical butterflies from five continents from October to April. The Cactus and Succulent Garden contains hundreds of cacti and arid plants arranged to imitate the arid Sonoran desert, and is embellished with exotic stones and minerals collected by the Gardens’ founder, Harrison Yocum. The Native Crops Garden illustrates the prehistoric agricultural practices in Central and Southern Arizona. The Tohono O’odham Path winds among edible and utilitarian plants of the Sonoran Desert.

The Tucson Botanical Gardens were founded in 1964, by horticulturist and collector Harrison G. Yocum. The gardens were originally located at his home on North Jefferson Street, and contained an extensive collection of cacti and palms open to the public. After the organization grew to over 100 charter members, it moved to the Randolph Park, where it used available greenhouse display space.

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