A 5 1/2 acre urban garden, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a lush and tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Built from the historic nursery and home of the Porter Family, the shaded Historic Gardens and the Porter House Gallery offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy eleven rotating exhibits annually; these focus on emerging and established local and regional artists whose themes interpret the flora, fauna, and landscape of desert regions.
Paths lead through a
diverse selection of residentially scaled specialty gardens, including a
Zen Garden, Prehistoric Garden, Barrio Garden, Butterfly Garden, and
Children’s Garden. The Stonewall Foundation Tropical Exhibit is home to
orchids, bromeliads, and jungle vegetation. During the months of October
to April, the Exhibit hosts Butterfly Magic, a display of live tropical
butterflies with species representation from five continents.