Plants of the Bible Land Walking Tour 8:00 a.m.
August 19 and September 16

     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. Walks are included with $12.50 daily admission, no reservations required, and are offered at 8:00 a.m. on the third Saturday during Summer months when Arboretum hours are on the summer schedule of 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Trees is the theme for for August, and then Unusual Plants in September, and Food Plants for October. Fall and Winter hours resume in October; that month this tour moves to 1:30 p.m.
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Guide David Oberpriller is a Mesa resident and bible scholar, and alternates between three themed tours.
June brings a chance to learn about frankincense on Dave’s ‘Unusual plants’ outing: where participants learn about squill, frankincense, and other plants that were important in ancient times, and referenced in scripture.
July 15 spotlights ‘Food plants’
Do you know what a raw olive tastes like...how many seeds are in a pomegranate.... and just what was in the pig trough that the prodigal son was hungry enough to eat from? Learn about dates, figs, and other food plants and their use in Biblical times.
Dave’s topic will be Trees August 19
Do you know what wood fired the smelters that produced the copper to decorate King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem, and whether any of the building materials from Solomon's temple survive today? Be here Saturday August 19

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.
Guides suggest wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, sunscreen and carry water.
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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