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On March 31, 1975 an article in the Tucson Daily Citizen stated, "A dream of 10 years is about to be realized when Tucson Botanical Gardens is officially established at a permanent site of North Alvernon Way."

The entity known as "Tucson Botanical Gardens" was originally founded in 1964 by horticulturist and collector, Harrison G. Yocum. The gardens at his home on North Jefferson Street contained an extensive collection of cacti and palms and were open to the public. Memberships became available in 1968, and the group became chartered as a non-profit corporation the next year.

As the organization grew to 100 charter members, it found a new temporary home at Randolph Park, utilizing available display greenhouse space. Dr. Leland Burkhart, UA professor of Horticulture, was president of the TBG at the time. The society began formulating a dream for its future and a permanent home was envisioned. Friends of TBG and local garden clubs organized fund-raising activities to further this purpose.

Meanwhile Mrs. Bernice Porter was looking for a way to preserve her house and gardens, and by the early 70s, the union of Tucson Botanical Gardens with the Porter property became a reality. In 1974, the Tucson City Council passed Resolution 9384 which stated that the property would be used for the development of a botanical garden to serve as a horticultural center, a sanctuary for wild birds, and as a center for education.The Tucson Botanical Gardens promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration and provides a place of beauty and tranquility for Tucson residents and visitors.

The Tucson Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon8:30 AM4:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM4:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM4:30 PM
Thr8:30 AM4:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM4:30 PM
Sat8:30 AM4:30 PM
Sun8:30 AM4:30 PM
Notes: July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.


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