Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

Most Special Events Included With Admission
$10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 5-12

Butterfly Walk Season Finale October 25, Saturday,
Central AZ Butterfly Association volunteers Adriane Grimaldi, Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland, along with Gail Morris are our special guest tourguides leading our last walk - a chance to 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.
See Butterfly Photos and Learn IDs from CAZBA

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops October 25 - November 15
'Bugs' for Brownies on October 25,
Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops on Saturdays this Fall at the Arboretum. Download our Registration PDF. Registration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Scheduled are the 'Bugs' for Brownies on October 25, 'LetterBoxer' for Brownies November 8, and the 'Arizona' badge for Cadettes/Seniors November 15. Spring 2015 workshops for Brownies are 'Semses' March 14, 'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; for juniors workshops are Animal Habits' March 21, Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9.

Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class with Tall Order Catering October 25
10:30am with ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri of Tall Order Catering

Tall Order Catering gourmands ‘Chef Eric’ and Terri demonstrate how to harvest mesquite beans and grind naturally sweet flour from the hulls. This informal and outdoor Saturday morning class is included with regular daily admission of $10; stay til the end of class and you can sample mesquite treats prepared fresh by the culinary couple.

Geology walking tour Saturday, October 25 at 1:30 PM
** tour at 1:30pm November 22
Professional geologist Scott McFadden is our special guest tourguides 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.Tours during Fall-Winter start at 1:30pm from the visitor center.

Fall Plant Sale October 19-26
"Herb is the word" for our Fall Plant Sale; we'll have an expanded variety of herbs throughout the sale - plus a new date for our annual Herb Festival, which moves to October 26 this year to focus on optimal herb planting time - more info on that below. October's Fall Plant is 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 advising and assisting buyers with suggestions for trees and 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 not only grow many of the the plants we sell, but also maintain many of these same plants in the gardens and plant exhibits throughout the grounds. They know how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in your garden or landscape! Read more in our E-newsletter

Guided Bird Walk October 26 at 8:30am; also November 1, 9, 15, 23, 29
tours continue at 8:30am December 6
Band-tailed Pigeon, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Black-throated Gray Warbler were reported on recent birder checklists;Read recent bird checklist reports, and join us for October-November guided walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at BTA. ** Fall birdwalks continue October 26 with Anne Leight and Mark Ochs as our guides; November 1 with Marceline Vandewater; 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, Read recent bird checklist reports

Fall Foliage Photography Class With John Aho October 26
* 9AM. Enrollment $30, with a credit card ready, call 520.689.2723 |

Few photographers have captured Autumn's changing leaves as vividly as Tempe artist John Aho -- who will be the Arboretum's featured guest in our Visitor Center art gallery during Novembe. John's also coaching two Fall color photo classes: Sunday Oct. 26 John leads a morning workshop showing slides of his Fall Color photography and talking about camera settings, composition and techniques -- followed by an optional off-site field trip to shoot higher-elevation leaves of the maple and aspen trees in the Pinal Mountains near Globe (another 90-minutes east of Superior - high
clearance vehicles preferred). Enrollment's $30, with your credit card ready, call 520.689.2723 |
Read More And Connect With John Aho

Herb Festival October 26
* end-of-the-plant-sale special event
from 11am - 3pm
"Herb is the word" for our Fall Plant Sale; 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. Sunday the 26th brings a chance to meet volunteers from the Arizona Herb Association, tour BTA's Wing Memorial Herb Garden, and enjoy herbal cuisine prepared by Cathering "The Herb Lady" Crowley. Revisit this page in early October for a more complete schedule and details of the Herb Fest event.

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Tom & Kathy McDonald October 26
** at 1:30 Pm - tour repeats November 8, Saturday, with Jean Groen as our guide
Explore our Curandero Trail on this guided Sunday afternoon one-hour walk October 26 with Tom & Kathy McDonald as our guides, shares their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This tour repeats Saturday November 8 with Apache Junction author Jean Groen. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears

LightRoom 5 Users Group November 1 , Saturday
10am til noon in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Photographer Jack Haskell is guest coordinator for the once-a-month meeting of the LightRoom5 users group.
Read more in our E-newsletter. Meetings are open to the public, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Read more complete details on our Photo Class Page

General Tour with Jim - November 1 at 11:00am
continuing with 11am guided walks November 15 and 29
What bird has foot-long wing feathers.... How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro... and can you name a few edible desert plants? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a general walking tour of the main trail on a walking tour guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd . A Mesa resident and lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. He served with the Arizona Game & Fish Department several years ago, as a Boy Scout volunteer; with a passion for nature and the outdoors he is eager to share. Bring your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.

Master Gardener Presentations November 1, December 6
11:00am, included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed

Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Gardening for Winter Visitors" Nov. 1 at 11am on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). Future topics are and then 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6.

Arboretum History Walk Sunday November 2 at 10:00am
You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about

Live Music Festival
November 9 from 10am - 3pm

Enjoy a day of live music outdoors around the gardens on the Sunday of Veterans Day Weekend. Music is included with $10 for adults, $5 ages 5-12.; performers include Bernie Haley on didgeridoo; the Trio Rio band and more. Revisit this page in October for a more specific list of performers and times.

Camera Basics With Michael Madsen And Patty Van Herpen
November 9 from 10am - 3pm

$30 BTA annual members, $40 non-members call 520-689-2723
Gilbert pro photographers Michael Madsen and Patty Van Herpen will teach camera basics and more -- here's a chance to learn camera functions and to practice what you have learned in the Demonstration Garden alongside two professionals, a Canon and a Nikon expert. "Teaching photography over the past few years Patty and I have noticed more women in our classes. Why? Maybe due to improvements in camera technology over the past decade as they've become smaller, portable and affordable. If you are interested in the art of photography, and the technical side of how a camera works. Mothers' Day weekend presents a great opportunity to enjoy a class hosted at one of the most scenic, picturesque and camera-ready places we know: the colorful, peaceful gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum."Gilbert professional photographer Michael Madsen was a featured artist in our Visitor Center Gallery and, by popular demand, continues to offer photography workshops at BTA - including his Switching to Manual class for beginners. Madsen has traveled to Europe, Thailand, Mexico, Morocco, Jamaica and the Bahamas in search of the perfect picture. This special workshop includes the chance to learn from two different photographers: Madsen, an expert with Nikon cameras and lenses and Patty Van Herpen, who shoots with Canon gear.
Read more, connect with Michael & Patty

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday November 15 at 1:30 pm
** Start time moves to 1:30pm November 15
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. Read a more complete description of our
Plants of the Bible Land Guided Tour

Lisa Langell's Abstract Botanicals

November 16 Sunday Indoor Class from 9am- noon. $30/40. Call 520.689.2723 with credit card ready
This unique course will help you create stunning fine art-style photography by focusing on the Fibonnaci Sequence. Found throughout nature, the Fibonnaci Sequence is a mathematical pattern that presents itself in agave, sunflowers, snails, cacti, certain flowers, and so much more. You'll learn about the 'golden spiral' and how Fibonnaci patterns are so closely connected with composition and design elements critical to photography. Arboretum botanicals offer an incredible opportunity for you to better understand why and how photographing this sequence properly results in powerful, eye-pleasing images. This class combines instruction and hands-on field work so that you will be able to recognize the sequence, photograph it artistically, and leave with a completely refreshing respect for your photography and nature, combined! This class offers something for every level of photographer and equipment--and no math expertise is required! NOTE: Class is lecture and hands-on based. Participants will later be able to email instructor with photo(s) for participation in an optional follow-up Q&A session offered via live webinar at 6:00pm-6:50pm on Wed., December 3, 2014. That means you may participate from the comfort of your own home via your computer.) All participants are invited, free of charge, for discussion and learning. Participation details will be provided by Lisa; read more and connect with the artist

John Aho 'Painting With Light' High-Power LED Night Shoot November 15
6pm. $30 BTA members, $40 non-members. Call 520.689.2723 with credit card ready to enroll and pre-pay
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 $40 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $30 for BTA annual members). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot; see photos from prior shoots with John

Tree Tour Sundays With Jeff Payne November 16
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.

Tom Boggan's Sunday Camera Basics Class
November 22 at 2pm. $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. Read more about this class, and connect with Tom

Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival & Live Music November 29 & 30
10am - 3pm

Pistachio trees around the Arboretum reach their peak color during the last two weeks of November – Fall Foliage gets a Season Finale salute with our 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.

Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival, December 6 (Saturday)
10am - 3pm

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 ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520. 689. 2723

Home School Day Tours January 14 , February 11 , March 11
homeschooling families are invited to gather and experience our most popular education programs on special Wednesdays where 10:00am tours are scheduled January 14, February 11 and March 11. Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. $2.00 per Pre-Kindergarten - High School student. (Ages 4-18) . $2.00 per adult limit two adults per family: additional adults $10 each. Space is limited. Families are asked to reserve in person at the Arboretum Admissions Window or by phone: 520-689-2723, no later than one week prior to each tour.

Book Club November ____________, Tuesday
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 AM in the Smith Building Lecture Room
November's book club selection is _________ by __________. This book relates the stories of eight women who helped settle Northern Arizona. Ordinary women but with the passion for life and thirst for adventure, enduring hardship and finding reward. Join a lively book club discussion - included with $10 daily admission if you're not already among our annual members, or don't have an AZ State Parks annual pass. 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 Vicki at

Full Moon Drum Circle DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Looking for a unique way to salute the rising full moon? Cindy Green is organizing a ‘Full Moon Drum Circle’ on that Sunday evening, two hours of participatory percussion beneath our towering and shady trees that encircle the Smith Building courtyard. Drummers are invited to call Cindy Green at 480-299-4129, or to email Cindy at [] for details. Green coaches drum-building workshops, and says all drums are welcome. No percussion? No problem! Green will bring a few loaners for those who wish to participate and revel in the ancient sound of drums echoing in the towering hackberry and mesquite trees which shade the Smith Building front courtyard. BTA closes at ____ p.m. during ______; we'll reopen the main gate at ______ for BTA members on this special evening. The two-hour drum circle begins at_______, continuing through sunset and by the light of the rising full moon, expected at _________, ending and closing the park again at dark _______. You're not among our members yet, but would like to join us and attend? Membership starts at $50 for a full year for a couple - and that includes a pair of one-time-use guests passes to bring two friends or family for a visit; with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723 to order a membership by phone. View a short film clip of Cindy Green drumming at BTA

Lisa Langell Camera Basics Class - Its OK To Use AUTO
*** DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED - get on the waiting list online via this link
Artist Lisa Langell easily fills classes at $50-a-pop for basic photography; $75 and up for specific topics. So why would she offer her services free to a fortunate 20 enrollees at Boyce Thompson Arboretum? "BTA is one of my favorite places in Arizona - I love the gardens, and I love photography. Here's a chance for me to meet new beginner photographers who want to improve how they use their cameras...and to see that "Ah-HA!" moment light up their eyes when they master a new setting or technique," said the Scottsdale pro photographer. "I'm hoping the room will be filled with new faces - people who've never attended one of my classes before, and also haven't visited the Arboretum. I'm volunteering my time that day - and keeping the cost negligible. This workshop's included with $10 daily admission to BTA, but you do have to pre-register as we can only accommodate the first 20 attendees. I'll keep a wait list and if this proves popular enough, we'll repeat the same class in
July for those on the wait list." EDITOR'S NOTE - register via this link:
Enroll in this class online at

Smartphone, 'mirror-less' and Point-n-Shoot Basic Photography with Tom Boggan
Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to enroll
If you’re a beginner/novice photographer, this one’s for you – and it’s a bargain at $20 for BTA members ($30 nonmembers). As Scottsdale Pro photographer Tom Boggan describes it: “the best camera is the one you have with you. Even if you're shooting with your cellphone or apoint-n-shot, you can still make great photos. In this two-hours class I'll demonstrate ways to capture better photos using compact cameras, mirrorless cameras, point-n-shoot cameras, and especially your smartphone. We'll spend about 45 minutes in the classroom talking about gear, apps for shooting and editing on your smartphone, capturing light and methods of composing a shot -- then head into the garden to practice together. “ Connect with Tom Boggan on Facebook
Wish you were more confident with your camera? Tom generously volunteers a morning or afternoon each month here helping our visitors improve their camera skills, donating his time so enrollments benefit BTA. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight students; we challenge you to find a better opportunity – and value - than Tom Boggan's recurring workshop. Consider this email we received after one of Tom's classes; Cave Creek resident and BTA member Carol wrote: "Tom - thank you so much for the great photography class, you have a gift for taking something complex and bringing it down to a level that the average person can understand! I tried with books and magazines to make sense of the dizzying array of counter-intuitive settings on my camera such as ISO, F-stop etc. but things just continued to be confusing. With your concise handout and your class, I actually feel as though a light bulb has come on and I am beginning to understand these concepts for the first time! I now enjoy the challenge of creating a photo and taking photos feels more about my artistic efforts vs. the camera's magical workings. Thank you again for helping me move to a new level in my enjoyment of photography and (by extension) my real passion: nature." See More Arboretum Camera Classes

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
These informal two-hour user’s group meetings each month are free to BTA annual members - included with daily admission of $10 for nonmembers. One of the most popular photography software packages, Adobe Lightroom, is described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers. From first look to final image, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 makes everything about digital photography easier, faster and more amazing. Perfect your shots with powerful new adjustment tools, efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere." Read More About this Photography Software Users Group

Camera Class: "Switching To Manual" With Michael & Patty DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
$30 BTA members or $40 nonmembers
with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723

Gilbert pro photographers Michael Madsen and Patty Van Herpen will teach camera basics and more - here's a chance to learn camera functions and to practice what you have learned in the Demonstration Garden alongside two professionals, a Canon and a Nikon expert. Gilbert professional photographer Michael Madsen is among featured artists in our Visitor Center Gallery and is expert with Nikon gear while
Patty Van Herpen, prefers Canon . Classes with Michael and Patty coach beginning-to-intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the AUTO settings in favor of manually controlling your own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.Read More About this Photography Class

Tom Boggan Camera Basics Photo ClassDATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
2:00 - 4:00 PM. Enrollment $20 for BTA members, $30 nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723
Do you have a fancy new digital SLR, or even a digital point-and-shoot camera that you're eager to learn to use more effectively? Once-a-month photo workshops with Scottsdale artist Tom Boggan offer that chance all four seasons of the year at BTA.
See More Boyce Thompson Arboretum photography workshops Tom's once-a-month outdoor shoots help improve your camera skills on a relaxed outing surrounded by beautiful gardens and alongside a pro -- and with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and controls on your own camera. Learn basic photography skills including composition, lighting, white balance and aperture-exposure.
Pro photographer Tom Boggan has a talent for portraits and a passion for nature photography, and he generously volunteers by dedicating a day each month to be here helping our visitors hone their camera skills. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight students. Pre-payment of $30 is required ($20 for BTA annual members). Enroll by phone, have your credit card ready and call our staff at 520-689-2723. View other workshop images on the Tom Boggan Arboretum Flickr Gallery

Camera Class: Digital Photo Post-Processing Basics With Rim DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
10 AM. $20 BTA members or $30 nonmembers
with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723

OK, you have pictures in your camera -- now what? If you've wanted to learn to easily and efficiently download, organize and archive your JPG or RAW files -- including basic digital imaging skills such as resizing, cropping and simple editing, East Valley photographer 'Rim' Vidziunas offers a two-hour Saturday afternoon workshop in post-processing and work-flow April 30, Wednesday from 10am til noon. A bargain at $20 for BTA members ($30 for nonmembers) this workshop will cover skills such as transferring RAW or JPGs from camera-to-computer to basic image archiving, work-flow, resizing and basic photo editing. Bring your laptop - this will be a hands-on class; no camera required. Rim will also discuss and demonstrate basic functions of popular software ranging from Adobe Photoshop Elements to Lightroom.Read More About this Photography Class

Painting With Light Nighttime Photo Shoot Date to be announced
from 6:00-8:00 p.m. $40; call 520-689-2723 to prepay and enroll

Preview our unique nocturnal Painting With Light Photo Workshopson YouTubeand see links to photo galleries on our ourBTA photo classes page. Few visitors get a chance to see the Drover's Shed, the old Dodge Power Wagon or our gardens lit quite as they will appear after dark on February 22, familiar plants and scenery rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after sunset by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by Phoenix artist and luminary John Aho. His painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to one dozen photographers, and 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; please make sure to spell out your email and give your current cell# or home phone to our clerks when you sign up so we can provide specific meeting/parking instructions just ahead of Saturday's shoot. If this class has filled when you call, make sure to leave your name, phone and email (again, please take a minute to spell it out so we have it right) so we can alert you to January-February shoots as dates are added to this calendar. See more of John's surreal nighttime scenes -- such as Superior Architecture, and these scenes from
scenes from Besich Park Downtown

Photo Class: 'Macros' With Paul Landau - DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
$30 (or $39 non-members). call 520.689.2723
Look closely at the bright red larvae of a Pipevine Swallowtail; before the colorful caterpillar morphs into one of the blue-black butterflies commonly seen in our gardens, they have a beauty all their own - with intricate rows of dorsal spikes making them resemble an undersea creature more than a denizen of our Sonoran desert. The human eye can only look so close; Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing compound eyes, antennae and patterns almost invisible to the human eye. During a unique photography workshop with Paul Landau on Sunday May 19, the artist will share techniques during an afternoon spent in search of tiny creatures and plants here, and photographing them along with 15 participants. "You'll probably be amazed to find out what your camera can do," predicts Landau. "Even the simplest 'point-and-shoot' digital cameras have close-up capabilities that reveal inner worlds of detail, iridescent green beetle wings, and the intensity of nature on a scale that's overlooked until you learn where to look - and how to see. One of the great things about macro photography is that my quarry is tiny - and often fairly easy to photograph once you know where to look for them. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is my favorite place, no question, to photograph vivid insects and flower blossoms, along with other natural phenomenon." Landau's photography was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Arboretum in 2012, where he taught a popular series of workshops specifically devoted to hummingbirds – and macros. See more of the artist's work at

Welcome Back Buzzards March _________ Saturday 7:00am-1:00pm
7am Vulture Viewing, 8:30am bird walk, 9am-1pm Live Animal And Bird Exhibit
September 20 brings the Autumn Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians; the Arboretum has a day filled with events starting just after sunrise with the annual 'Bye-Bye Buzzards' seasonal send-off and continuing through evening hours with live music from 5-7p.m. Read more in our E-newsletter. The afternoon includes a Scorpion lecture from 3:00-4:30, music 5-6:30pm, then a black-light scorpion walk after 7:00pm. Its all included with adult admission of $10; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders. The Arboretum opens at 6:00; arrive by 7:00 for the 7am special opening Saturday to see the famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies; world-traveled ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' from 7:00-8:30, talking about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies -- typically by 8:30am. Pearson and others will guide birdwalks through the gardens at 8:30, and from 9:00-2:00 volunteer wildlife rehabbers from the Arizona Game & Fish Department will have a popular living exhibit of raptors and reptiles set up near the Smith Building, so kids and adults alike can have closeup views of a real, live Turkey Vulture along with hawks and owls.
View a Bye Bye Buzzards Day event video by Arboretum Volunteer Mike Rolfe

2014 Dates To Be Announced : Members-Only Event After Hours Live Music & Moth Night
gate reopens Saturday to BTA members for a special live Music and "Moth Night" 5:00pm - 9:00pm
complete event details are posted at
You're not among our members yet, and want to attend? Call during daytime business hours 8am-5pm to purchase membership by credit card and over the phone. 520.589.2723.

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks Sumer 2015
- with Wild Man Phil Rakoci as our guide, dates TO BE ANNOUNCED
This entertaining guided walk is for kids -- adults -- and all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci is our sepcial guest tourguide. There's no additional fee, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at 8:30. See photos andconnect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook. See photos and read more

Culinary Presentation with Chef Eric of Tall Order Catering - Date To Be Announced
at 1:00 p.m.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum members Eric Naddy & Terri Farrington own Tall Order Catering; they had so much fun helping out with our September pomegranate classes at BTA that they've enlisted as volunteers. Sunday November 25 they will be set up near the Herb Garden and our weekend festival site, continuing their informal series of culinary classes designed to spotlight seasonal vegetables or fruits: roasted pumpkin and cream cheese soup with rosemary; possibly also roasted tomato bisque with creme fraiche. Got recipe questions? Or suggestions for December-January-February workshops they should offer at the Arboretum? 'Friend-up' at, or email queries to the Tall Order Chefs via

Boyce's Beer - Desert Homebrewing Class - date TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$25 for Arboretum members, $34 nonmembers
email [ ] to be on our waiting list for alerts to the date scheduled
Chandler father-and-son brewers Pete and Greg Rendek return to the Arboretum by popular demand for a home-brewing class featuring ingredients derived from desert plants. Boyce Thompson Arboretum has earned a reputation for innovative classes teaching visitors to harvest and prepare prickly pear cactus fruits, process promegranates and mill mesquite flour. On a date to be announced, enrollees will learn to make a batch of home-brewed 'Holiday Beer' when the Rendeks lead a 12-3pm workshop showing beginning brewers how to brew a five-gallon batch of holiday vanilla porter using native mesquite flour. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. Better known at the Arboretum for his popular series of photography classes, Pete has been home-brewing for several years with his son Greg; together they've crafted a variety of tasty ales, porters, weissbiers -- and, most recently, a great prickly pear IPA using juice from cactus fruit harvested in Superior. Their workshop will run from noon to 3pm. Class will
be held in the ramada in the Children's Garden; proceeds raised are a fundraiser for the Arboretum - a registered nonprofit. For non-members, the $34 fee includes Arboretum admission, so Pete & Greg advise enrollees to arrive earlier that morning and enjoy the gardens, get a late breakfast or lunch in nearby Superior before the afternoon session, and enjoy a fine October day. "This workshop's designed for anyone who has been wanting to take the plunge and begin brewing your own beer, we'll have basic equipment on hand and will give a discussion of ingredients as well as different brewing styles, techniques, and the equipment needed to get started," said Pete.

Australia Day Tours January 2015 -- and Didgeridoo Jam
2015 Date To Be Announced
The howling, growling, haunting Aboriginal sound of the didgeridoo is showcased at the Arboretum, which has a forest of massive Australian red gum and eucalyptus trees. Why have Australian trees in the Sonoran Desert? Learn more on a guided tour lead by Paul Chambers (owner of the Australian Outback Nursery in Tonopah). Did those beer commercials make you want to learn How To Speak Australian? Check out that link with Dingo Lingo tips! Didge players, and folks who own a didge but never learned the technique of "circular breathing" to play it, are invited to join Musician Bernie Haley for an informal didge jam session (Time To Be Announced) in the lecture room. For details or to sign-up, Call Bernie at 250. 927. 5544, or e-mail him at Haley will also offer a concert open to all visitors that afternoon from (Time To be Announced) outdoors beneath the Eucalyptus trees if the weather is clement -- or in our lecture room of the Smith Building if the event of rain or excessive cold. Read more about this event