Although arid land is typically characterized by its lack of water and plant life, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s is on a mission to instill in people the appreciation of the plants that actually do grow and thrive in this region. Their goal is to use education, research, recreation and conservation opportunities to alert visitors to the beauty and importance of arid-land plants and landscapes. They do this through a variety of programs in Superior, Arizona.
Whether you take one of their photography classes (Hummingbirds are a popular subject), a guided walk (such as a Learn Your Lizards tour or a bird walk) or just enjoy a picnic on the grounds, you will soon fall in love with the many plants and animals that appreciate and need the arid land setting. There are more than three thousand desert plants (with many viewable from the 1.5 miles trail in the arboretum). You might also catch a glimpse of hawks, squirrels, lizards and one of hundreds of types of birds.
Let's not forget that the arboretum is about preservation done through gardens as well. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum has collections that include a range of desert plants (from the native Sonoran Desert species to those from Africa, Asia and more), cactus gardens, herb beds, a eucalyptus forest and much more.
Come to see the Boyce Thompson Arboretum for yourself, summer hours are May through August and winter hours run September through April.
There are many great programs and you can find out more by phoning 520-689-2723 or checking out their website: www.ag.arizona.edu/bta.