Fall 2014 Fall Plant Sale
October 10 - 26
Fall Plant Sale October 10 - 26 (opens with "members-only" preview shopping Friday Oct. 10; sale area 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.
Wondering what plants are in stock? Browse our Plant Sale List fr\mmo last Spring for a hint
October's Fall Plant Sale brings 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!
* October 12, Saturday, 1:30pm Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk
Author Jean Groen leads our guided tour of the Curandero Trail, a one-hour relaxed walk where you'll hear about edible-medicinal uses for Prickly pear cactus fruits and other edible and medicinal Sonoran Desert plants that have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Ethno-botanist Dave Morris is our special guest tourguide when this tour repeats Sunday October 26. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers."
* Tree Tour With Jeff Payne October 19 at 1:30pm So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne guides a walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through forested areas of the Arboretum to learn about oak and olive trees, native hackberry and mesquite.
* Geology Tour October 25 at 1:30 pm. Professional geologist Scott McFadden 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.
*March 23: Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk at 1:30 p.m.
Explore our guided tour of the Curandero, a one-hour relaxed walk where you'll hear about edible-medicinal uses for Prickly pear cactus fruits and other edible and medicinal Sonoran Desert plants that have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Jean Groen leads the walk March 8, Saturday; ethno-botanist Dave Morris is our special guest touruide March 23. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers."
*March 8 Lecture at 3:00 pm : Pickett Fire: Three Years of Plant Survival & Ash Mineralogy
Remember the Pickett Fire? Nearly three years ago (May 8, 2011) it erupted in the desert west of BTA – burning perilously close to the Arboretum before firefighters fully contained it two days later. ASU researcher and 20-year BTA annual member Laurence Garvie's an avid hiker who savors the terrain of Arnett Creek and Alamo Canyon – and was among our members watching in horror as fire consumed 1,336 acres of Arizona Upland. Since the fire he's been documenting plant mortality and re-growth, as well as Ash Mineralogy of the fire zone. His research continues, but March 8 he'll present a lecture and slideshow at 3:00 updating fellow BTA members on the fire and its after-effects.
* March 8, Saturday: Master Gardeners Share "The Buzz About Bees" Plus a Bonus Honey-Tasting from 10:00am to 12:30pm in the Smith Building Lecture Room. You read alarming reports about 'colony collapse disorder,' and how this has impacted populations of wild honeybees -- join Maricopa County Master Gardeners Lee Ann Aronson and Mike Hills to learn more about the status of wild bees here in Arizona. And to truly "sweeten the deal," for their audience, Master Gardeners Lee Ann Aronson and Mike Hills will bring along a selection of honeys for tasting at the conclusion of the lecture
IF YOU GO....
WHAT: Annual Plant Sale
WHERE: Boyce Thompson Arboretumis a 320-acre Arizona State Park located at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior; just 45 miles due east of Mesa or about 90 minutes drive northeast of Tucson via Oracle Road to highway 79 north to highway 60 east
WHEN: The sale continues daily during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 26
HOW MUCH: $10 adult admission ($5 ages 5-12) to enter the grounds, even if the visit is simply to buy plants during the plant sale event
FMI: listen to an updated recording about tours or events by calling 520.689.2811; to check with our staff about whether specific plants are available please call 520-689-2723 during business hours daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.