Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

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

Daily 11:00 AM Guided Walking Tour
** 11am Daily in February-March-April, included with $10 daily admission
What's new in the gardens this month? At 11:00 AM each day Arboretum volunteer guides lead visitors to the best spots to see and photograph winter color; to enjoy a look at our resident Northern Cardinals -- or photograph the dramatic volcanic rock formations. These 90-minute walks depart the visitor center at 11am; plan to attend more than once -- we have a half-dozen guides, each sharing his or her unique knowledge about Arboretum history and fun facts about the plants, critters and geology around our gardens. No pre-registration needed, just be in the Visitor Center breezeway at 11am start time.

Spring Plant Sale Daily through March 23
Winter events showcased our Australian gardens and plants of Southern Africa; eucalyptus and gum trees, colorful aloes - and you can can buy your own this month during our annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser. Now's a great time to buy annual membership here, our annual members save 20-percent on plant purchases during the 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 here 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.
Read more, and peruse our plants-in-stock list

Camera Class: Digital Photo Post-Processing Basics With Rim March 12 Wednesday
2:00 - 4:00 PM. $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 March 12 from 2-4pm. 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

Weekend Wildflower Walks March 15-16, 22, 29, 30 at 1 pm
Saturdays March 15, 22 and 29 also Sundays March 2, 16 & 30.
See, photograph and learn to ID wildflowers on a Saturday walk guided by Pat Pingel, or Sunday walks with Cass Blodgett of the Arizona Native Plants Society's Phoenix Chapter. Then starting in April the Saturday walks with Pat move to 10am April 5, 12, 19, 26 - plus two more Sunday walks with Cass April 13 and 27 are also at 10am

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday March 15, again Sunday April13
** each month Third Saturday and on the Second Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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

Guided Bird Walks March 15-16 , 23 , 29 - 30 and April
8:30 a.m. on the First and Third Saturday each month, also Second and Fourth Sunday
Mark your calendar and join us for a Spring guided bird walk; dates are still being added, and back-up guides, too, as more avian experts sign up to assist. Walks continue Justin Jones leading our walk March 15; Cynthia Donald will be here on the 15th, too, and specifically gearing her walk to beginners who'd like an "intro to birding the Arboretum" guide. Sunday March 16 brings a special 'meet the AZFO;' birdwalk guided by Eric Hough and John Yerger; perhaps also additional board members of the Arizona Field Ornithologists association from 8:30-10:30am, prior to their meeting in the lecture room. On March 23 guides are Marceline Vandewater and Anne Leight. There's a special 'back-to-back weekend' of bird walks March 29-30 both days guided by Craig Anderson; and then April 5 our guide is Richard Ditch; April 13 is Anne Leight (with ASU's Nathan Williams as backup in case of an overflow crowd); Scottsdale educator Kathe Anderson returns April 19, and our spring season finale is April 27 with Anne Leight and Nathan returning as guide team.

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne March 16, Sunday at 1:30pm
tour repeats
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

Equinox Didgeridoo Jam Friday March 21
4:00 - 6:00 p.m
The haunting, howling drone of the Austrlian aboriginal didgeridoo can be heard all around the world as players across the planet herald the Spring Equinox with a "worldwide didge jam" -- and we're celebrating, too! Didge players are welcome to join the circle -- and those who simply enjoy the meditative sound are welcome to bring a folding camp chair, a picnic dinner -- and come listen from 4-6pm. Flute and didge musician Bernie Haley will lead our circle, and invites didgers to contact him for details by phone at 250. 927. 5544, or e-mail him at

Welcome Back Buzzards March 22, 2014
special early opening at 7:00 a.m.; wildlife exhibit open til 2:00 p.m
March 22 marks the 23rd observance of our vernal Welcome Back Buzzards event celebrating the Arboretum's migratory flock of Turkey Vultures as they return to Arizona following winter migration. Make sure to arrive early on this special event day - the arboretum opens at 7:00 a.m. -- one hour earlier than usual for this month -- so early-bird visitors may join our staff and volunteers for a chance to see the Turkey Vultures perched on the magma cliffs in the center of the Arboretum for the first hour or so after sunrise. On a typical March morning they bask for an hour or two after sunrise, then take to the sky to circle over Pinal County scanning the ground below for carrion. View a Bye Bye Buzzards Day event video by Arboretum Volunteer Mike Rolfe. As an added treat. WillCatherine The Herb Lady Crowley return and join us for the event? Last Fall she prepared and served food samples appropriate for the day including "Carrion Con Carne" near the Smith Building flagstone patio - also "No-Kill Chili", "True Grit Bread" and "Something Weedy This Way Comes" (a salad for the herbivoracious). Wondering if she'll attend? Connect with The Herb Lady on Facebook

Geology walking tour Saturday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m.
tours at 1:30 p.m. on the Fourth Saturday each month
ASU Professor Steve Semken returns as guide 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.

Camera Class: Flower Photography For Intermediate March 23, Sunday, With Lisa Langell
12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
$30 BTA members or $40 nonmembers
with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723

Here's a class for "Intermediate" level photographers confident they already have a solid understanding of exposure and basic camera functions; Lisa says "let's focus on more advanced techniques of macro and closeup flower photography where we'll study "Lighting and composition" (natural and added light), using reflectors, capturing water droplets, an introduction to the technique calle "Focus Stacking;" and with the time allowed we may even have time to explore basics of processing your focus-stacked images using Photoshop (and I'll stress that Photoshop will be the only software taught for the purposes of this class, given our limited time and scope.) I'll bring my reflectors and diffusers (hand-held) and also clamps for use during the workshop. Are you an intermediate photorgapher? I'd define that as someone who already has basic understanding of your camera's functions and settings such as manual settings - primarily aperture, shutter speed and ISO..Read More About this Photography Class

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris March 23 8 at 1:30 p.m.
tour repeats April 12 with Jean Groen
Explore our Curandero Trail on this guided tour offered twice each month, a one-hour walk where expert guides share their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. March 23 our guide is Choctaw Nation member and ethno-botanist Dave Morris, sharing his knowledge about edible and medicinal uses for prickly pear cactus fruits and other Sonoran Desert plants. Tour repeats on the Second Saturday of each month this winter with Apache Junction author Jean Groenas tourguide. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkersRead more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears

Gourd Art Classes March 26-27
beginners gourd art March 26, Wednesday ; advanced "pine needle coiling" March 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, $30-$50
have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll

Sign up soon for either of these back-to-back informal and fun art classes -- a four-hour workshop and your chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Enrollment for the Wednesday beginners class is $30-$40 and includes a gourd, use of paints and brushes, tools and art supplies for the day, plus four hours of coaching and inspiration from Vicki & Jerry. Thursday enrollment is $10 more to learn the art of pine needle coiling; with the additional fee for specialized materials and instruction.

Mad Hatters' Tea Party March 29, Saturday
9:00 am
Registration is $28 (or $18 for BTA annual members) for a morning that includes a hat-making workshop coached by mixed-media artist Jenn Jensen; also high tea (tea, light sandwiches, desserts) prepared by Tall Order Catering, and garden croquet. Space is limited, participants must be 16 or older to attend. For more information email Lacey at or call her 520.689.2723

Live Music: acoustic folk, country rock with Mrs. Lincoln March 29, Saturday
12:00 noon - 2:00pm
A self-described eclectic attack of acoustic folk music, down-home country rock & original singer-songwriting, the Valley's own Mrs. Lincoln quintet features Annrenee Jones, Marconias, Gram Benike, Chad Standlea and David Wells. Invite friends and bring a picnic, music will be outdoors in the picnic area (clement weather permitting) from 12-2pm. Music's included with daily admission of $10; of course, though, its free to BTA annual members who help support the Arboretum – and also free if you have an AZ State Parks annual pass. Connect with the hand on fb

Terrarium Workshops March 30, Also April 8
9-11:30 a.m. $25-$35
Popular during the Victorian era, terrarium art is making a comeback; Arboretum certified nurserymanm and Bonsai artist Preston Cox leads a March 30 workshop teaching the history of terrariums and offering step-by-step, hands-on instructions to build your own. Class repeats April 8 with mixed-media artist Jenn Jansen. Registration of $35 (or $25 BTA Members) includes a drum-style fishbowl (7-by-10-by-10 along with succulents, soil, rocks, and decorating materials. Preston will explain types of succulents ideal for a terrarium, how to arrange them for aesthetic balance, and how to care for your mini-ecosystem (succulent terrariums are low-maintenance easy to maintain. This workshop is also available to private groups, for details email Lacey at or call 520.689.2723

Saturday Girl Scout Badge Workshops April 5 - May 24
9:00 a.m.
Girl Scouts Earn Badges in Saturday Workshops April 5 - May 24; fees are $10 per Scout and $10 for adult chaperones, with a $20 nonrefundable down-payment required to hold a position for a scout or troop (also $5 for any non-scout participants age 5-12). Deadline to pre-register is two business days prior to the workshop date. Badge workshops for Brownies last 2.5 hours are include Letterboxer April 5 at 9am, then 'Bugs' May 3 at 9am. Badges for Juniors last 3.5 hours with 'Flowers' April 19 and 'Gardener' May 17; badges for Cadettes last 4.5 hours with 'Woodworker' April 26 and 'Trees' May 24. For details email Lacey at or call 520.689.2723

April 5: Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners Workshop
11:00 a.m.
You'll hear "Big Ideas for Small Spaces" at this workshop by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers presenting suggestions for courtyards, entryways, patio areas, condominiums, RV & Park Resort. All have something in common: a challenge to gardeners! This master gardener program will focus on grand ideas for petite gardens; an informal 11am session included with daily admission, and no pre-registration needed. To get involved or learn about Master Gardener classes call Superstition Mountain Master Gardener Coordinator Carol Parrott at 602-438-4003 or email

Heather Coen Painting Class > Arboretum Australian Plants April 5, Saturday
$20 - $30; have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll

Designed for all levels of oil or pastel painting experience, this class will focus on our Australian collections; instructing students how to create a central focus, to layer your paint or pastels and color harmony. Bring your own easel, and all necessary painting supplies, warm clothing (in case of cold), apron and a fresh canvas 11-by-14 or smaller. Read more and see the list of suggested art supplies for either oil and pastel painters. Bring water, a hat and sunscreen, too. Class limited to 10 students. Heather Coen is an award-winning master colorist working in both oils and pastels, Juried into 30 national shows in the last 36 months - with work showing in seven galleries across three states

Arboretum Book Club April 5 Saturday: "High Tide In Tucson"
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Some 25 essays by acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver fill "High Tide in Tucson" contains; some bring laughter, some bring tears while covering topics as varied as modern motherhood, travel and the mysteries of science. Kingsolver's essays introduce Buster the stowaway crab and a persistent pesky peccary, all while stirring thoughts about life and how all the pieces fit together. Order a copy by phone 520.689.2723; RSVP to Book Club Coordinator Vicki with an email or call 480.688.3342

Arboretum History Walk April 6, Sunday
10:00 a.m. on the First Sunday each month October-through-May
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

Copper State 1,000 Rallye Cars April 9, Wednesday, at Lunchtime
11am-1pm. Do you thrill to the sight of an Alfa, an Austin, Bentley, Bugatti, Cord, Duesenberg, Lotus, Maserati or Triumph? Bring your camera for a lunchtime show when some of the 80 vintage 'rallye cars' stop here on the final day of the annual Copperstate 1000 fundraiser: among premier vintage car road rallies in North America, celebrating working examples of pre-1974 vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the model year. Read more about the event, preview the road and check out the cars at
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Swiss Society Picnic April 13
10am-2pm. If you're of Swiss descent - or wish you were -- and yearning to yodel, don a pair of lederhosen or feast on Swiss veal bratwurst and cervelat with Zopf-bread -- don't miss the Arizona Swiss Society's annual picnic held outdoors here Sunday, April 13. The Swiss flag will fly above the picnic tables starting early that morning, lunch is served buffet-style from 11:00-1:00 p.m. and events include Swiss games and music. Event organizer Christian Bucher says Swiss expats and those who "wish they were Swiss for a day" are welcome to participate, and all must RSVP in advance by email so organizers have enough bratwurst and buffet food to share. Info? Email . "Arizona Swiss Society is for anyone, not only those with Swiss genealogy," said Bucher, a Phoenix resident. "Join us!" For complete info, check out

Learn Your Lizards Walks resume April 12
9:00 AM
Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci leads the first of our Spring-Summer weekend guided outings for kids -- and for adults, for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Learn more and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook. Lizard walks are typically on the Second Saturday of each month from April-through-September.

Tom Boggan Camera Basics Photo Class - date to be announced
Enrollment $20 for Arboretum 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: "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 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. 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. Madsen has traveled to Europe, Thailand, Mexico, Morocco, Jamaica and the Bahamas in search of the perfect picture. 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 their own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.
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.

"Standing Room Only" Scorpion Lecture August 17
after-lunch lecture from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Saturday, August 17
Learn more about this venomous nemesis Saturday when East Mesa photographer and scorpion enthusiast Dave Oberpriller reprises his colorful slideshow and offers his entertaining lecture during daytime hours. Dave's unique presentation overflowed the available chairs in our lecture room twice when it was offered in the evening; so we asked Dave to repeat his lecture – and during afternoon hours from 1:00-2:00 PM for visitors who don't drive after dark. "Did you know scorpions give live birth? Or that mama scorpions show their maternal side by carrying their babies on their backs until the little ones able to fend for themselves? Scorpions glow an eerie blue-green under ultraviolet (UV) light, technically called fluorescence," said Oberpriller. "Join me for this lecture to learn all about scorpions, their life cycle; and see close-up photos. You'll have a new appreciation for these venomous, but misunderstood, creatures. Read more about our July Scorpion Night event

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

Acrylic Painting Class DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
"The Next Step for Beginning Painters," . enrollment $135. Call 520-689-2723 to enroll and prepay
Learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylics in this three-day March workshop. Gold Canyon artist Sue Ann Dickey"will take the 'pain out of painting' for beginners, and for anyone who was left frustrated by other painting or art classes, or has drifted away from painting and wants to try again with this New Year."
Enrollment of $135 for either of three-day workshops includes three afternoons of instruction and also admission to the Arboretum (park entry for others is $10 per day). This workshop continues where Sue Ann's prior workshop ended; experienced beginner or novice painters are welcome to enroll, though, even if you did not attend Sue Ann Dickey's prior workshop. She welcomes inquiries from those considering enrolling - and wanting more details information about the difference between this session and the prior one; and to be on her contact list for future art workshops during 2013. Email, or call her at 480.982.1336

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.

Dog Socialization Walk -- DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dogs are always welcome at the Arboretum, provided they're on good behavior and a short leash -- and also are accompanied by owners who pick up after their furry friends. Arboretum volunteer Sandra and her canine compadre Chaco guide a dog socialization walk April 22 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required, just be in the overflow parking lot with your leashed dog at 10:30 am start time.

Plein Air Painters (Date To Be Announced)
painters gathering - included with $9 adult admission, ($4.50 for ages 5-12)
painters are invited to capture garden scenes 'en plein air' during an informal painting event coordinated by Tempe professional artist Cindy Carrillo. Daily admission is $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12 and there's no additional charge to participate with the plein air painting workshop, said Carrillo, who has painted garden scenes here over the past two decades."A few of my favorite spots are the Demonstration Garden, the trees which tower over Silver King Wash, and the views of volcanic cliffs above Queen Creek and Ayer Lake," said Carrillo. "The Arboretum has a plein air event each Thanksgiving when autumn colors are vivid, now here's a chance to capture summertime scenes, to meet other Arizona plein air painters, and to enjoy a morning together in the gardens." BTA opens at 8:00 am during October, Carillo advises artists to request picnic area parking (allowing you to unload your easel and supplies conveniently close to the Demonstration Garden) and to meet in the picnic area. Amateurs and beginners are encouraged to attend, too!
For more info email Cindy via ; painters who don't use the internet may call 520-689-2723 for more information. View a collection of garden scenes captured on canvass by other painters over the years at

Found Objects from Nature: DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room of the Smith Building
Enrollment is $20 for members, $29 nonmembers - call 520.689.2723 to enroll. scheduled

Learn to make unique art from twigs, fragments of bark or skeletal remains of dead cholla cacti; Queen Valley resident Ruth Ipsan-Brown builds intricate shrines, kachina/totems and tiny furniture from detritus and debris that most would discard; in the process she teaches wider lessons about seeing and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us all. she'll lead a four-hour workshop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (indoors, in the heated lecture room!) where "all you're asked to bring is a crooked little stick," and she'll supply hot glue guns, inspiration, coaching, and a variety of natural materials in various shapes, sizes, textures and colors to create your own work of art. Enrollment is $20 for BTA annual members ($29 for nonmembers includes the day's admission).

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