Fall Plant Sale Daily October 7 - 23 , 2016
Our Fall Plant Sale opens with a Friday "members-only" preview shopping October 7; the trails andgardens are open to all visitors as usual that Friday, but our plant sale is limited to BTA annual members for 'first dibs' on what we have in stock. The sale opens to everyone Saturday October 8, continuing daily through October 23.
Wondering what plants are in stock? Call our staff during daily business hours at 520 - 689 - 2723, or
Browse our Most recent Plant Sale List
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. Need planting and landscaping advice? Arboretum staff are joined by helpful volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program there to advise and assist buyers with suggestions for trees and smaller plants ideal for a wide range of landscaping projects. Special events during the March plant sale include lectures, guided tours and weekend wildflower walks; most are included with daily admission of $10. Experienced BTA horticultural staff and Master Gardeners grow many of the the plants we sell, and they maintain many of these same plants in the gardens and plant exhibits throughout the grounds - so they know firsthand how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in your garden or landscape.
October 8: Edible And Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By David Morris at 1:30 p.m. - repeats October 23
Explore our Curandero Trail on a guided walk with Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist David Morris , a leisurely one-hour stroll where you'll learn about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This walk repeats Sunday October 23, when its guided by authors and desert plant enthusiasts Kathy and Tom McDonald, owners of Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon. ** Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkersRead more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears
* October 9 - Sunday Bird Walk with Troy Corman at 8:30 a.m.
Colorful resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this past week -- join us for a birdwalk guided by Troy Corman October 9, Richard Ditch October 15, Charlie Babbitt October 29. Read recent bird checklists of sightings reported by visitors.
* October 15 - Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk with Dave Oberpriller at 1:30 p.m.
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. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. 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. Read more about Plants of the Bible Lands
*October 22 -
Geology walking tour with Rich Leveille at 1:30 p.m.
Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Rich Leveille as your guide. This tour 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. On September 24 our guide is professional geologist Rich Leveilleanother one of our engaging BTA geology tour guides is ASU Professor Steve Semken"
* Butterfly Walk Season Finale Guided by Gail Morris October 22 at 9:30 a.m.
Gail Morris leads Arboretum guests on a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.Visitors' butterfly checklist reports are posted here
IF YOU GO....
WHAT: Annual Plant Sale
WHERE: Boyce Thompson Arboretumis a 320-acre Arizona State Park located at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior; just 45 miles due east of Mesa or about 90 minutes drive northeast of Tucson via Oracle Road to highway 79 north to highway 60 east
WHEN: The sale continues daily during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 23
HOW MUCH: $10 adult admission ($5 ages 5-12) to enter the grounds, even if the visit is simply to buy plants during the plant sale event. *** Please note that admission is waived for all University of Arizona faculty, staff and students who bring their CatCard or another valid UA identification
FMI: listen to an updated recording about tours or events by calling 520.689.2811; to check with our staff about whether specific plants are available please call 520-689-2723 during business hours daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.