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

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class SEASON FINALE September 1 , Labor Day Monday
from 9:30-11:00am; 'Season Finale' for the summer
Learn to pick, process and prepare the colorful fruit of prickly pear cacti on Labor Day Monday during the "season finale" of this popular class series. Our special guest presenters September 1 are AZ State Parks Volunteer Robert Lewis, teaching harvest techniques from 9:30-10:00am, and also edible desert foods author Jean Groen. The informal outdoor class lasts about an hour, staytil the end and Jean usually shares unique cactus cuisine at a tasting table -- Jean predicts "chilled nopalito soup, nopales and corn salsa; prickly pear lemonade, prickly pear salsa, and sausages in prickly pear BBQ sauce"

8th Annual CAZBA Butterfly Count September 6, Saturday
8:30 a.m.
Volunteers with the Central Arizona Butterfly Association invite participants to join their 8th annual Saturday Autumn census of all the butterflies they can find here at BTA - and a few others spots here in this corner of Pinal County. Similiar to the Christmas Bird County in December, the count circle has a 15-mile diameter and the goal is a one-day census of all butterflies seen within. Volunteer participants will be assigned to a teamleader and will be working a part of the count circle area. To sign up as a volunteer, email Marceline VandeWAter. Participants plan to meet for lunch at Jade Grill restaurant in Superior for an informal $10 buffet served family style (or bring your own) exchanging preliminary findings.
Read more complete event details at
And the discussion continues at a followup meeting September 17 at 7pm at the Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (NorthWest corner of Oak and 64th Street in Scottsdale) where count results will be reviewed, pictures discussed -- and with additional photos of AZ butterflies shown for a few general lessons about challenging butterfly identifications.

Dragonfly Walk September 6 , Saturday
8:30 a.m., September 6 with ASU Professor Pierre Deviche
ASU Professor Pierre is the special guest tourguide for our September dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Skimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more.

LightRoom 5 Users Group September 6
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

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk Season Finale September 13 at 8:30am
- with Wild Man Phil Rakoci as our guide
Don't miss the season finale of this entertaining guided walk geared to 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 September 13, and the start time will be 8:30am. 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. During September our daily hours remain on the Summer schedule of 6am-3pm (that's new this year!). Our Fall-Winter schedule resumes October 1. See photos and read more

Book Club September 16, Tuesday: Dark Moon Crossing by Sylvia Nobel
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 AM in the Air-Conditioned Smith Building Lecture Room
Arizona author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald coordinates BTA's Book Club, which meets on 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. Starting in October the arboretum will opens at 8:00am daily; watch for a new start time for October-November book club meetings. Enjoy an hour or two walking the gardens while the morning is cool - then 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

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday September 20 at 8:30 am
** Start time moves to 8:30am September 20, then 1:30pm October 18, 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

Autumn Equinox Concert and Evening Hours - and Scorpion Walk After Dark
Septembr 20, Saturday - 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., 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 Arboruetm 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

Autumn Equinox Concert and Evening Hours - and Scorpion Walk After Dark
Septembr 20, Saturday, music 5-7pm, scorpion walk 7-8:30pm
Cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians observed the Autumn Equinox; Boyce Thompson Arboretum has a day full of events Sept. 20 starting just at sunrise with the annual 'Bye-Bye Buzzards' seasonal send-off and ending with special evening hours with live music from 5-7; even the last black-light scorpion walk of the season from 7pm-7:30. Its all included with adult admission of $10; and, of course, free to our annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders.
* 7:00-8:30 Vulture Viewing
* 8:30-10:00 Guided Bird Walk with ASU Professor Dave Pearson & Friends
* 9:00-2:00 AZ Game & Fish wildlife rehabbers Living Exhibit of Raptors, Reptiles & Mammals
*  3:30 - 5:00 pm special lecture -- "SCORPIONS" by Dave Oberpriller in the Smith Building Lecture Room
* 5-7pm Extended Hours & Live Music with Millie Davis & Muhlenberg County
* 7pm 'Season Finale' Black-Light Scorpion Walk with Dave Oberpriller and friends

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne September 21
please note 10am start time
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.

Museum Day Live! (FREE admission with Coupon - see below) September 27 , Saturday
6am - 3pm
The annual Museum Day Live promotion arranged by the Smithsonian Magazine to promote museums across the nation qualifies visitors for free (that's FREE!) admission today during "Smithsonian Museum Day Live" if you bring along the coupon available as a one-day-pass you can download from the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! website. Click the link below to register, a coupon will be emailed to all who register, and you must present this coupon for free admission

Geology walking tour Saturday, September 27 at 8:30 AM
** tour start time moves to 1:30pm for the walk October 25
Professional geologist Scott MdFadden is our special guest guide September 27 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.Tour repeats October 25, moving to the Fall-Winter 1:30pm afternoon start time. Please note that Arboretum summer hours will be extended through the month of September - open 6:00am to 3:00pm, with final admission taken at 2:00pm, and no visitors admitted after Two O'Clock, so those final visitors have a full hour to enjoy the trails before 3:00 closing time. Fall-Winter hours of 8am-5pm resume in October.

Butterfly Walk September 27, Saturday, with Laura Miller and Jan Harding
9:00 am , then this walk moves to a 9:30am start time for the Season Finale October 25
Central AZ Butterfly Association volunteers Laura Miller and Jan Harding are our special guest tourguides for the Butterfly walk at 9:00 am September 27 - 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. ** Please note that Arboretum summer hours will be extended through the month of September - open 6:00am to 3:00pm, with final admission taken at 2:00pm, and no visitors admitted after Two O'Clock, so those final visitors have a full hour to enjoy the trails before 3:00 closing time. Start time for this guided walk moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25 guided by Adriane Grimaldi, Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland, along with Gail Morris. See Butterfly Photos and Learn IDs from CAZBA

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Jean Groen Sunday September 28 at 8:30 a.m.
** tour start time moves to 1:30pm October 11 and 26
Explore our Curandero Trail on this guided 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. Read more in our E-newsletter ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. ** Also note that Arboretum summer hours will be extended through the month of September - open 6:00am to 3:00pm, with final admission taken at 2:00pm, and no visitors admitted after Two O'Clock, so those final visitors have a full hour to enjoy the trails before 3:00 closing time. Read more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears

October - November Guided Bird Walks
October 4, 12, 18 and 26 8:30 a.m. - also November 1, 9, 15, 23 and 29; also December 6
A male Common Ground Dove near the Smith Building and Picnic Area has been a daily event most of this past summer; orioles, tanagers and songbirds are here (Read recent bird checklist reports). Join a guided bird walk to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at BTA. ** Please note that Arboretum summer hours will be extended through the month of September - open 6:00am to 3:00pm, with final admission taken at 2:00pm, and no visitors admitted after Two O'Clock, so those final visitors have a full hour to enjoy the trails before 3:00 closing time. Starting October 1, hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm daily. Fall birdwalks resume with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager leading an 8:30am walk October 4; October 12, 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, Read recent bird checklist reports

General Tour with Jim - Date TO BE ANNOUNCED
What bird has foot-long wing feathers.... How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro... and can you name an edible desert plant that's at peak flavor this month? 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. In addition to his love of the outdoors, he enjoys writing, volunteering in his church, and having fun with his three grown sons. Discover the many natural wonders of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring your family, your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.

Master Gardener Presentations October 4, 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 "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.

Fall Plant Sale October 10-26
* opens October 10 for "members-only" preview shopping of the sale area; sale opens to all visitors Oct. 11)

"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. October's Fall Plant Salebrings 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 engaging 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 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 really know how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in your garden or landscape!

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.

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

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

Arboretum History Walk DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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

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

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.

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