May 11 is National Public Gardens Day when these two gardens listed below are free of charge all day. Adult admission at both parks is regularly $8, so save some money & enjoy nature.
Tucson Botanical Garden, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/events/national-public-gardens-day/. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, this garden is located south of Grant Rd. on Alvernon.
Learn water conservation, native and adaptable plants and landscape design experientially, through visits to our seventeen, residentially scales gardens. For that hands-on experience, take advantage of the delightful Exploring Tucson Botanical Gardens tour (10 a.m.). This tour delivers some fascinating plant trivia, offers history of the Gardens and familiarizes you with our native flora as well as the wide variety of plants that grow in Tucson.
The other garden is Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte (NW of Ina/Oracle). Hours are 8 to 5 p.m. Website is http://www.tohonochulpark.org/wordpress/.
Award-winning Tohono Chul Park is where nature, art and culture connect. Named one of the World’s Great Botanical Gardens by Travel + Leisure and listed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada, there is something for everyone. This oasis in the desert offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, provides an informative look at the region’s fascinating cultural traditions and its even more interesting flora and fauna, and is the perfect setting for an evening concert, special event or family wedding. Come and discover its nature!
Enjoy either or both of these peaceful gardens on May 11, before the summer heat rolls in.