Fall Plant Sale
October 23 - 27
October's a prime month for autumn landscaping and the Arboretum has an expanded selection of drought-tolerant herbs, flowers, caci, succulents and trees available for purchase this month. Check
our Plant Sale List to review what we expect to have in stock. Don't see a specific plant on that list? Call our Gift Shop staff at 520-689-2723 during business hours.
Buy annual membership and help support the Arboretum, these
start at $50, last for a full year, and BTA members save 20-percent on plant and book purchases during the plant sale opening weekend -- which begins with the 'members-only' preview shopping Friday, when friends-of-the-Arboretum have first dibs on everything in stock. The sale opens to the public Saturday October 12, continuing daily through October 27.
What's new this year? Pomegranates
Arboetum staff and volunteers with the Superstition Master Gardeners staged an ambitious pomegranate propagation project last winter - starting hundreds of cuttings cloned from two varieties of proven fruit producers from the Globe-Miami region. Cuttings thrived - and are now available for purchase in one-gallon pots ranging from $6-$10; vigorous plants that should flower next Spring.
Live Music October 27
Our final Sunday October 27 features Mesa singer-songwriter Jim Pipkin and his unique brand of 'Sour Mash For The Soul' Oct. 27. Times and website links are listed below.
Fall Plant Sale is a great place to stock-up on plants for your own garden, backyard or patio. Most of the plants available for purchase during the event are grown by Arboretum horticultural staff in the Arboretum's own nurseries. Experienced Arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County Master Gardeners are usually on hand to answer plant questions throughout the sale. Arboretum horticulturists not only grow the plants for the plant sale, 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!
* Butterfly Walk at 9:30 p.m. October 26 Season Finale with Adriane Grimaldi
What colorful butterflies might be seen? Dave Powell guided the September walk and shared this report of seeing: "one Hammock Skipper, an immigrant from Mexico and not often seen - and a Bauer's Giant-Skipper, which had never before been seen at BTA. Our list included 20 Pipevine Swallowtail, 8 Sleepy Orange, 2 Orange Sulphur, 5 Cloudless Sulphur, 2 Southern Dogface, 1 Dainty Sulphur, 1 Gray Hairstreak, 1 Reakirt's Blue, 2 Marine Blue, 2 American Snout, 1 Tiny Checkerspot, 1 Painted Lady, 10 Empress Leilia, 3 Monarch, 35 Queen, 2 White Checkered Skipper, 3 Orange Skipperling, 7 Eufala Skipper. Andfollowing th ewalk we saw one Xami Hairstreak."
* Geology Tour October 26 at 1:30 pm withLocal geologist Alan Seymour 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.
* Oct. 27 Mesquite Flour-Making class with Jean Groen and Robert Lewis at 10:30am
Mesquite trees are legumes, producing pods that can taste sugary-sweet when ground into flour, learn harvest and grinding techniques twice in October -- and have a chance to sample products made from mesquite - Globe home-brewer Jerry Temanson even uses hand-ground mesquite when he brews beer! No pre-registration is needed, each workshop is included with daily admission of $10. Mesquite-based snacks are shared at the end of each class, too! East Valley author Jean Groen will be here October 27, along with her harvest time helper Robert Lewis -- sharing fresh-griddled mesquite flour waffles with pomegranate syrup. No pre-registration is necessary, just be in our visitor center breezeway lobby at start time.
* Oct. 27 Live Music in the Picnic Area 12:00 Noon til 2:00 p.m. or later original songs self-described as "Original Americana - Sour Mash for the Soul"
by Jim Pipkin bring to life miners, outlaws and Arizona characters from Territorial days. A longtime friend of the Arboretum, Mesa recording artist Jim Pipkin shares seasonal concerts each year. Click the link at right to join "Pipkin's Irregulars" for downloads, announcements, etc. Connect with Jim on Facebook
* Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk October 27 at 1:30 p.m. with Mike Hills
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. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior; 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. Daily hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Annual plant sales each Spring and Fall are fundraising events that support our programs and conservation; daily admission is required to enter the Arboretum grounds.
WHAT: Annual Plant Sale
WHERE: Boyce Thompson Arboretum is 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, March 25
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.