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Tovrea Castle and Cactus Garden Tour


Now - April 5, 2014

Trip is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.

Saturday | 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Trip Limit: 12

Program Leaders

  • Raul Puente, Garden curator of living collections
  • Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect


Join us for this special opportunity to tour the historic Tovrea Castle and Cactus Garden. This iconic, wedding-cake shaped structure, located in east central Phoenix, has attracted attention since it was constructed more than eighty years ago. After many years of restoration, it is now open to the public on a limited basis. The property is listed on the Phoenix Historic Property Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The garden contains more than 5,000 cacti plants of over 100 varieties. The tour will include the castle main floor and basement and the cactus garden surrounding the castle with Raul Puente, the Garden's own curator of living collections and cactus expert. Participants will meet at the Tovrea Castle Visitor Center by 8:15 a.m. Directions will be provided prior to the tour.

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