Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens, a 5.5 acre oasis in the heart of Tucson, is a place of beauty, inspiration, and education about the natural world. Originally the home of Bernice and Rutger Porter, the Gardens now consist of seventeen specialty gardens representing a variety of gardening traditions and botanical themes. The Tropical Greenhouse exhibited a multitude of tropical butterflies amidst exotic plants. The Thorneville Garden Railway, conceived and created by Thorne Pierce and Gary Martin, features a running train circling tiny buildings and miniature mountains. The Greg Pierson Sundial displays the time (after certain adjustments). A whimsical bowling ball sculpture struck me with humor to spare. The Plants of the Tohono O’odham Path honors the relationship between native peoples and the plants of the Sonoran Desert, many of which are used for food, basket-making, construction, and medicine. We enjoyed lunch at the Botanical Cafe. Numerous benches memorialize special friends of the Gardens. The following quotation especially touched me:

Friendship, I think, is the choicest flower
that grows in nature’s garden.
It will always flourish if watered by truth,
guarded by sincerity
and shaped by the gentle boughs of virtue.

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