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Gardens & Arboretums

Arizona is home to many beautiful and distinctive species of plants, and the state’s many arboretums and botanical gardens are a great way to get a look at some of the one-of-a-kind wonders that grow here.

From cacti and succulents to dozens of varieties of trees and flowers, Arizona’s botanical gardens and arboretums are the perfect introduction to the state’s unique ecosystem – and provide you with the education you need to start exploring Arizona nature on your own.

With special seasonal showcases and other events, Arizona’s arboretums and botanical gardens offer education, recreation and beauty all in one. See our complete list of locations below to find a garden to visit during your Arizona vacation.

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the museum is dedicated to conserving the Sonoran Desert by protecting native plants and animals, providing educational programming, maintaining and improvung the museum's collection of plants and animal

  • Campus Arboretum, University of Arizona

    The University of Arizona has a unique collection of plants from arid and semi-arid climates around the world. Many campus trees are the largest specimens in Arizona and have been designated as Great Trees of Arizona. Several are unique to the entire S

  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. With a 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, the Garden has become nationally and intern

  • The Arboretum at Arizona State University

  • Tohono Chul Park

    Tohono Chul Park is a leading Southwest center of desert nature, arts and culture – and is listed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada. This oasis in the desert offers a respite from the<

  • Tucson Botanical Gardens

  • University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

  • Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum

    Built from 1887-1929, the ranch features a variety of styles. The architect for the packing shed and north wing of the main house was James M. Creighton. The guest house was designed by Chicago architect, J.L. Silsbee.

  • Park of the Canals

    In this park find evidence of earliest canals, dug by hand by Hohokam Indians who lived in central Arizona until A.D. 1450.

  • Steward Observatory

    Steward Observatory scientists have played key roles in major space astronomy missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. The original dome, covered in cream-colored tile, is listed on the National Register

  • Patterson Observatory

    Southeastern Arizona is renowned for its clear, dark skies - skies free of obscuring haze and light pollution - optimal conditions for astronomical viewing. The Patterson Observatory is a significant contribution to community resources. The Observator

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

    Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, the Arboretum, was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917, Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia where he came to understand the importanc

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