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Become a Cactus Garden Volunteer at Tovrea Castle

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ORGANIZATION: Tovrea Carraro Society

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
Tovrea Castle the source of legend and mystery for generations of Arizonians needs you!

The grounds of Tovrea Castle are a large "Cacti Garden."

As a Volunteer in the Garden, you’ll be helping Tovrea Carraro Society keep the gardens in great shape during your 3-hour time. You must be 13 years of age or older; everyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

You do NOT need to attend an orientation prior to signing up to volunteer in the Garden; please DO sign up at http://vols.pt/FNt4pG so we know you are coming.

What to Wear:

  • On Your Feet - Work boots or a heavy-duty tennis shoe with thick rubber only; no flip-flops, sandals or thin shoes of any kind.
  • On Your Body - Long pants, Denim Jeans are Great - no exceptions! We’re in the desert and those cacti will get you! A T-shirt with short sleeves, at a minimum. Long sleeves are an even better idea, for sun and cacti protection. No Sleeveless shirts of any kind.
  • On Your Head - Hats and Sunglasses.
For YOUR SAFETY, You will be turned away if not dressed appropriately!

What to Bring:
Your favorite weeding tools and gloves. Don’t have any, we’ll share ours with you.

How to Sign Up:
We use VolunteerSpot.com to sign up for Garden Days... http://vols.pt/FNt4pG

Dates, Times and More Information are on our website at: https://tovreacastletours.com/the-cactus-gardens

This Volunteer Opportunity does NOT include a Tour of the Castle

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About Tovrea Carraro Society


5025 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, US

Mission Statement

Tovrea Carraro Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2010, located in Phoenix, AZ. Our mission is to provide a unique experience for visitors to Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights; preserving, maintaining and restoring its historic structures, gardens and grounds, in partnership with the City of Phoenix. We're proud of our association with the City, and equally proud to make the Castle available to the public through our scheduled tours and other programs. To learn more, link to our website at www.tovreacastletours.com


Tovrea Castle, the wedding cake shaped Castle that is located on 44 acres near Van Buren and Highway 202, was originally built by Alessio Carraro as a hotel that would be the centerpiece of a luxury housing development.

When the Depression ended this dream, the Castle was purchased by the prominent meatpacking baron, EA Tovrea, and his wife, Della.

The Castle would remain in the Tovrea family until the late 1980’s when the citizens of the City of Phoenix passed the first of 3 bond issues to purchase this much loved landmark.

This Jewel in the Sonoran Desert has been the source of both legend and mystery for several generations of Phoenicians, is a City of Phoenix Point of Pride and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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5025 E Van Buren StPhoenix, AZ 85008



  • Gardening
  • Botany
  • Horticulture


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 13
  • 3 hours each garden day

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