Plants of the Bible Land Walking
Tours on Sunday March 11 , also Saturday March 17

The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of plants common in the Middle East can thrive in Arizona -- and may be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn more and hear Plants of the Bible Lands narrated by Arboretum volunteers on a guided walk showcasing palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants here.
Expect to learn some new things, too, about history, scripture and biblical botany during this relaxed, slow-paced walk through gardens that are all easily accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Plants of the Bible Land tours are included with the price of daily admission. Guides suggest comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunscreen and carry water. Read more about Plants of the Bible Lands on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL

During once-a-month Sunday walks March 11 and April 8 Rich Adams narrates palms, pomegranates, figs and olives. Dave Oberpriller guides Saturday walks March 17 and April 21. Conducted at a leisurely pace, this guided tour lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths.

Using references in ancient texts, Rich describes 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.

Groups and clubs of 20 or more may also schedule their own
Plants of the Bible Land guided tour by special arrangement.
To arrange a group tour, please
contact BTA staffer Lacey Pacheco at 520.689.2723, or email
lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu


Opinions and views expressed by volunteer guides are strictly their own and do not necessarily represent the position of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum or its management.

Plants of the Bible Lands Lecture: Agriculture in Ancient Israel
David Oberpriller has guided popular “Plants of the Bible Lands" walks around the Arboretum for more than a decade, pointing out plants mentioned in the Bible that can grow and thrive here in AZ, and sharing anecdotes from scripture. David also hosts slideshow lectures on the topic.
Referencing ancient documents, archaeological finds and scripture - David says: "we’ll look at the context of agriculture in ancient Israel — including the geography of the land, the climate, and the agricultural calendar — and understand how these things influenced the way the people of the Bible lived and are reflected in the Bible. We’ll also discuss some of the tools and techniques used in farming, and the crops that were grown and harvested. For such a small land, the variety is surprising. And some of the techniques are still in use today."
Connect with David on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTA.POTBL

Plants of the Bible Land tours are included with the price of daily admission and are separate from official Arboretum tours. Groups and clubs of 20 or more may also schedule their own Plants of the Bible Land guided tour by special arrangement. To arrange a group tour, please contact Instructional Specialist Lacey Pacheco at 520.689.2723, or
lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu.
Visitors on a group tour must still pay for daily admission, but there is no added charge for the Plants of the Bible Land tour. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located about 45 minutes east of Mesa - right near highway 60 milepost #223. From Tucson, the Arboretum is about a two hour drive via highways 79 and 60. For other information or directions please call the recorded message line at 520-689-2811.
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