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Boyce Thompson Arboretum Locator Map

Elevation 2,400 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 689-2811
Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP
37615 U.S. Hwy 60
Superior, AZ 85273

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 3 miles

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Park's Speed Code: 4202#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (13+): $10.00
Child (5-12): $5.00
Age 4 & Under: FREE

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Summer Hours in Effect: May – September

The park is open daily from 6 am to 3 pm, with the day's final admission at 2 pm, one hour before closing time so the last-admitted guests of the day have a full hour to explore the gardens and trails.

Aug. 22: Friday Walking Tour with Jim

7 am. What bird has foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro, and can you name three desert plants with fruit, seeds or nuts at their edible peak in August? Hear the answers on either of two Friday general walking tours of the main trail guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd from 7:00-9:00am on August 1 & 22. A lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. Discover a few new wonders of the Arboretum - as seen through Jim's keen eye. Bring your family, your binoculars & camera, and plenty of questions for this 'participatory nature walk' with Jim as your guide.

Aug. 23: Geology walking tour with Steve Semken

8 am. ASU Prof. Steve Semken guides this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.

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A variety of plants from the world's deserts await you at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917 Col. Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia, where he came to understand the importance of plants as the ultimate source of a large portion of mankind's food, clothing, and shelter. It was then, that he determined to use his great wealth to improve the use of plant resources. The Arboretum is one of his legacies.

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Encompassing 323 acres, the Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. It was the first purely botanical institution in the inter-mountain states. The Arizona State Parks Board entered into agreement with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Board and the University of Arizona in 1976 to cooperatively manage the Arboretum.

Event Calendar

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Aug. 23: Butterfly Walk with Marceline VandeWater

8:30 am. Once-a-month guided butterfly walks are a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures spike in May; wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. Start time moves to 9:30am for the season finale Oct. 25 with Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. (more tours Sept. 27, Oct. 25)

Aug 24: Sunday Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight

6:30 am. A male Common Ground Dove cooing his soft territorial song near the Smith Building parking lot has been a daily event each morning this summer; join Arizona State Parks Volunteer Anne Leight for a chance to see him, or the colorful orioles, tanagers and late summer songbirds that remain. Learn basic bird identification skills with anne, or Aug. 31 on the next guided walk lead by Charlie Babbitt. Read recent bird checklist reports at http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/birdwalks.html

Aug. 24: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Aug. 30: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8 am. Popular Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ guides this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles, and he’ll be back Aug. 30 for another – in fact Aug. 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of lizard walks, with Tucson author Larry Jones leading the Sunday walk. (repeats Aug 31)

Aug. 31: Sunday Guided Bird Walk with Charlie Babbitt

6:30 am. A male Common Ground Dove cooing his soft territorial song near the Smith Building parking lot has been a daily event each morning this summer; join Arizona State Parks Volunteer Charlie Babbitt for a chance to see this elusive dove, or colorful orioles, tanagers and late summer songbirds that remain. Read recent bird checklist reports at http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/birdwalks.html

Aug. 31: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk with ‘Wild Man Phil’

8 am. Popular Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ guides this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles, and he’ll be back Aug. 30 for another – in fact Aug. 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of lizard walks, with Tucson author Larry Jones leading the Sunday walk. (repeats Aug 31)

Prickly PearSept. 1: Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class "Labor Day Season Finale" with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

9:30 am. Learn to pick, process, juice and prepare those forbidding prickly pear cactus fruits from Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing prickly pear drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean. This is the final of four classes offered during the harvest season.

Sept. 6: CaZBA 7th Annual Butterfly Count

8:30 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful butterflies during this annual census of all the "flowers on the wing" which can be counted in one morning around the gardens. Counting starts at 8:30 am sharp, so arrive a little early. To sign-up or get more information email marceline@ermaroni.net. The count circle has a 15 mile diameter; during this one-day census participants will seek butterflies at Oak Flat and many other spots within that circle; for lunch participants usually meet back at a local restaurant five minutes drive east in the nearby town of Superior -- or you can bring your own and picnic at the Arboretum. Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the Arboretum; 44 species were found by Marceline VandeWater during this tally a few years back

Sept. 6: Dragonfly Walk with Pierre Deviche & Roger Racut

8:30 am. ASU Professor Pierre Deviche created the photo-packed website azdragonflies.net; meet Dr. Deviche and learn about these colorful insect predators on a guided tour to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Skimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more.

Sept. 6: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group Meeting

10 am. No Additional Fee or registration -- attendance of this monthly Users Group is included with daily admission of $10; and free to BTA annual members and AZ State Parks pass-holders. Scottsdale photographer Jack Haskell invites photographers who use ADOBE Photoshop Lightroom 5 for the next users group meeting. Adobe Lightroom is a photography software packages described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers.” At the September 6 meeting Jack will lead the group in discussing the software and its applications, and help each other clarify and achieve their objectives. "We’ll also be open to reviewing any other images," says Jack, "The focus will be on positivity -- there is no right or wrong approach." See examples at View Jack's work at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhaskell

Sept. 13: Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk "Season Finale"

8:30 am. Casa Grande outdoor educator ‘Wild Man Phil’ leads this walk for kids – and everyone who enjoys Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

Sept. 14: Pomegranate Harvest Workshop with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

10 am. Pomegranates, reputed to be among antioxidant-packed "super foods", thrive in Arizona - and have a colorful background in literature and lore (some say a pomegranate would have been more likely in the Garden of Eden). Learn about cultivars and how to pick, process, and juice 'em in a class with Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her harvest season accomplice, Robert Lewis. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing pomegranate drinks and innovative snacks prepared by Jean.

Sept. 16: Tuesday Book Club: Dark Moon Crossing by Sylvia Nobel

8:00 am. You like a good read about Arizona history, or the southwest? About a dozen usually attend lively once-a-month discussions with members of the informal Boyce Thompson Arboretum Book Club. AZ author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald leads discussions the third Tuesday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Smith Building's air-conditioned lecture room. September's featured book is "Dark Moon Crossing" by Sylvia Nobel. The book is available in the BTA Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com

Sept. 20: Welcome Back Buzzards

7 am. You'll want to be an "early bird" and hit the road before dawn if you'd like to see the famous resident flock of Turkey Vultures sunning on the volcanic cliffs of Magma Ridge from sunrise til about 8:00 or 8:30 am; at that hour they begin to take flight - circling and soaring skyward to spednd their day scanning the desert below for carrion. Arboretum staff and volunteers celebrate migration and spotlight this often-overlooked scavenger species during a morning devoted to Vulture Culture. Observe the birds from 7:00-8:30, then join a guided bird walk around the gardens to see and learn about other birds. From 8:30-2:00pm volunteer "wildlife rehabbers" from the Arizona Game & Fish Department have a popular living exhibit of birds, reptiles and mammals set up near the Smith Building - including a real, live Turkey Vulture you can see and photograph up close and personal.

Sept. 20: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

8:30 am. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. This tour repeats Oct. 18 at 1:30 pm.

Sept. 21: Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

10:00 am. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. tour repeats Oct. 19 at 1:30 pm

Museum Day Live

September 27: Museum Day Live!

8 am. Free Admission with coupon today during "Smithsonian Museum Day Live" if you bring along a coupon for the annual Museum Day Live promotion arranged by the Smithsonian Magazine to promote museums across the nation. Obtain your one-day-pass from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Sept. 27: Geology walking tour Guided By Scott McFadden

8:30 am. Professional Geologist Scott McFadden is the special guest guides for this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.

Sept. 27: Butterfly Walk with Laura Miller & Jan Harding

9 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Start time moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25 with Adriane Grimaldi (Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland) along with Gail Morris.

Sept. 27: Pomegranate Harvest Workshop with Chef Eric & Terri from Tall Order Catering

10 am. Pomegranates, reputed to be among antioxidant-packed "super foods", thrive in Arizona - and have a colorful background in literature and lore (some say a pomegranate would have been more likely in the Garden of Eden). Learn about cultivars and how to pick, process, and juice 'em in a class with Tall Order Catering's "Chef Eric" and Terri. Class lasts about an hour; stay til the end and you can sample refreshing pomegranate drinks and innovative snacks prepared by the culinary couple.

Sept. 28: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

8:30 am. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Oct. 11 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm, and on the 2nd Saturday at 1:30 from October-through-April.

Oct. 1: Fall-Winter Schedule Returns

Hours are 8 am - 5 pm through April The Autumn equinox has passed, bringing Fall weather and cooler days - starting this month Boyce Thompson Arboretum returns to the Fall/Winter schedule; last admission of each day at 4:00 pm so those final visitors have one full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails.

Oct. 4: Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks resume with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager leading the 8:30am walk October 4; and then October 12 is Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson; October 18 Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 4: Master Gardener Presentations

11 am. Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Finding your Perfect Soil Mate!" Oct. 4 at 11am on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). October is the ultimate month to plant in the Sonoran Desert. Roots grow all year round. By planting in the fall your plants will have time to mature and will have a better chance to survive the long hot summer. This class will teach you how to make sensible selections according to your individual garden needs so you’ll be ready for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. Future topics are "Gardening for Winter Visitors" Nov. 1 and then 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6. These worthwhile workshops are included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed. (repeats: November 1, December 6)

Oct. 4: John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot

6 pm. $30 BTA members, $40 non-members. Familiar plants and scenery are rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and local luminary John Aho. His Saturday night painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to 12 photographers. The $30 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $40 for nonmembers). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot; see photos from prior shoots with John http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/photoclass.html

Oct. 11: Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Gardener’ badge for Juniors

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'Gardener' badge for Juniors Oct. 11, next up is the 'Trees' badge for Cadettes Oct. 18, 'Bugs' for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

Oct. 11-26: Fall Plant Sale

Daily from 8 am - 5 pm Sale opens to nonmembers and all visitors Oct. 11 "Herb is the word" for the Fall Plant Ssale fundraiser; we'll have an expanded variety of herbs throughout the sale - plus a new date for our annual Herb Festival, which moves to late October this year to take advantage of optimal herb planting time. October's Fall Plant Sale brings a great selection, also a prime time to buy annual membership at BTA, our annual members save 20-percent on plant purchases during the opening weekend of this fundraising sale of trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and succulents. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 11: Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday each month from October-through-April. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 12: Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 12 with Richard Ditch and Kathe Anderson; October 18 Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 12: Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class with Jean Groen & Robert Lewis

10:30 am. The author of Sonoran Desert Plants and Their Many Uses will demonstrate how to harvest mesquite beans and grind naturally sweet baking flour from the hulls. This class is included with regular daily admission of $10; stay til the end of class and you can sample mesquite treats prepared by Jean and her harvest season accomplice Robert Lewis (he’ll have the griddle hot and will make fresh and gluten-free mesquite flour waffles to sample with pomegranate syrup). This class repeats Oct. 25 with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri of Tall Order Catering offering their own spin on mesquite cuisine.

Oct.18: Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 18 with Cynthia Donald; October 26 with Anne Leightand Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 18: Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Trees’ badge for Cadettes

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are 'Trees' badge for Cadettes Oct. 18, 'Bugs' for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

Oct.18: Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk

1:30 pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 19: Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 19: Tom Boggan's Sunday Camera Basics Class

2 pm. $20-$30; call 520.689.2723 Wish you were more confident with your camera settings? Scottsdale Pro photographer Tom Boggan leads a monthly outdoor 'walk-a-bout'photo workshop demonstrating how to set your camera's aperture, exposure and white balance – all during a relaxed outing where you're surrounded by beautiful gardens and learning from a pro. Tom generously volunteers a morning or afternoon each month here helping our visitors improve their camera skills, donating his time so enrollments help benefit the Arboretum.

Oct.: Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Bugs’ badge for Brownies

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'Bugs' badge for Brownies on Oct. 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

Oct. 25: Butterfly Walk Season Finale

9:30 am. See, photograph and learn about colorful butterfly species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Special guest tourguides are Adriane Grimaldi (education director at Butterfly Wonderland) and Gail Morris, volunteer coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Butterfly Migration research project. Included with $10 daily admission.

Oct. 25: Butterfly Walk ‘Season Finale’ with Adriane & Gail

9:30am. See, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Adriane Grimaldi is the Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland, Gail Morris coordinates the Southwest Monarch Migration research study.

Oct. 25: Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class with ‘Chef Eric’ & Terri of Tall Order Catering

10:30 am. The owners of Chandler-based Tall Order Catering demonstrate how to harvest mesquite beans and grind naturally sweet baking flour from the hulls. This class is included with regular daily admission of $10; stay til the end of class and you can sample mesquite treats prepared by Chef Eric & Terri. Read more at http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events.html

Oct. 26: Guided Bird Walk

8:30 am. Learn bird identification skills and where to find specific Fall-Winter birds around the gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Guided birdwalks continue October 26 with Anne Leight and Mark Ochs; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater and Troy Corman; November 9 with Cindy West and Cindy Marple ; November 15 with Troy Corman & Nathan Williams, November 23 with Cindy Marple, November 29 with Anne Leight; December 6 with Mark Ochs and December 13 with Anne Leight.

Oct. 26: Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethnobotanist Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday each month from October-through-April. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 8: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Nov. 23 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 8: Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Letter Boxer’ badge for Brownies

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies Nov. 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors Nov. 15.

November 9: Live Music Festival

10 am - 4 pm. Veterans Day Weekend Sunday. Included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12. Enjoy a day of live music outdoors around the gardens; performers include Bernie Haley on didgeridoo; the Trio Rio band and more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 15: Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops: ‘Arizona badge for Cadettes/Seniors

9 am. Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. For specific details e-mail Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours.

November 15: John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot

6 pm. $30 BTA members, $40 non-members. Familiar plants and scenery are rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and local luminary John Aho. His Saturday night painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to 12 photographers. The $30 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $40 for nonmembers). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot.

November 15: Plants of the Bible Land Saturday Guided Walk

1:30 pm. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 16: Tree Tour With Jeff Payne

1:30 pm. So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 23: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Dec. 13 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm with Apache Junction Author Jean Groen as guide. Included with $10 daily admission.

November 29 & 30: Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival & Live Music

10 am - 4 pm. Pistachio trees around the Arboretum reach their peak color during the last two weeks of November – Fall Foliage gets a salute with this Thanksgiving Weekend event featuring live music by Scott Schaefer and guest performers; also arts-crafts vendors. Hot and spiced apple cider available for $1 - carry some cash as you walk into the gardens. Music included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12.

December 6: Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival

10 am. Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children’s books. Arboretum Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance "to meet the person behind the pen" and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Throughout the day, the schedule will feature readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop or two! Revisit this page in November for a more complete agenda and list of participating authors. For more information contact Kathy O’Dwyer McDonald at kathy@smilingdoglandscapes.com ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520. 689. 2723

December 13: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen

1:30 pm. Explore the Curandero Trail on this slow-paced guided walking tour, a one-hour walk where Apache Junction Author Jean Groen shares her knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. This tour repeats Dec. 28 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm with ethno-botanist Dave Morris as our guide. Included with $10 daily admission.


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