Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.
Pete learns the history of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and how the efforts of Rutger Porter and his wife made it all possible.
Pete also takes a tour of one of the most popular attractions at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Magic. Each year, 50,000 people come to enjoy the butterflies which are actually shipped to Tucson from all over the world just for this exhibit.
Pete learns more about barrio gardens and the importance they play in the Mexican-American culture. He sees how unusual items most of us would throw away end up in the garden. In this case, it’s everything including the kitchen sink.
Arizona is known for its cacti and Tucson Botanical Gardens has some of the most amazing displays. The cactus garden showcases a variety of cactus including edible ones.
Then, Pete takes a quick detour to check out the Alien Invasion, a look at invasive plants. It’s a great way to teach kids about the outdoors and how nature can affect our eco-system.
The final stop on the tour of the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens is the Native Gardens. Pete finds out about farming techniques of the indigenous people and how those ideas apply today.