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CALS-Affiliated Arboretum to Host Fall Events

October is the Fall Plant Sale month at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which also will also host a number of classes and guided tours.

Photo credit: David Hannon

The College of Agriculture And Life Sciences-affiliated arboretum (BTA) is located in Superior, Ariz., 90 minutes from the UA's main campus.

During the Fall Plant Sale, which will be held Oct. 11-27, the regular admission of $10 is waived for all CatCard carrying staff, faculty and students. In addition to classes and tours at the BTA, visitors will be able to explore the scenic gardens and walk more than two miles of paths and trails during a daytrip.

Many of the plants available for purchase during the event are grown by the BTA's horticultural staff in on-site nurseries. Experienced Arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County Master Gardeners are on hand weekends to answer plant questions.

In addition to growing plants for the Fall Plant Sale, BTA horticulturists also maintain many of these same plants in the gardens and plant exhibits throughout the grounds. They know firsthand how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in your garden or landscape. 

Annual plant sale fundraisers generate revenue to support the nonprofit BTA and its mission of desert plant conservation, education and research.

The complete list of events, and more information, is available online.

Oct. 11: Friday Special Bonus - Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants guided walk with Jean Groen 2pm

Oct. 12: The Fall Plant Sale is opened to the public daily; a 1:30 p.m. Edible & Medicinal Desert Plants guided walk with Jean Groen will also be held.

Oct. 13: The Bird Walk guided by Cindy Marple begins at 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 19: The Flute Concert with Glenn Simpson and Patricia Eddy will be held at 10:30 a.m. to noon, and again from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Oct. 20: The Trees of BTA tour will be guided by certified arborist Jeff Payne begining at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: The butterfly walk with Adriane Grimaldi will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 26: The geology guided walk with Alan Seymour will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: The mesquite flour-making class with Jean Groen and Robert Lewis will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 1: The New Gallery Exhibit: Bud Heiss Watercolors will open and remain open through Nov. 30.

Photos courtesy of Paul Wolterbeek

Contact: Paul Wolterbeek of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, at 520-689-2723