Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park was founded in the ’20’s by a wealthy miner.
His name was Col. William Boyce Thompson, and he learned to appreciate plants while on a Red Cross mission in Russia. They can be used to create food, clothing, or shelter… just about anything!
#2 Col. Thompson decided to use his wealth to educate others and increase plant resources.
The arboretum is just one of his legacies!
#3 This is the oldest and largest botanical garden in Arizona!
It covers a whopping 323 acres! You aren’t going to find a selection like this anywhere else.
#4 Boyce Thompson Arboretum was also the first purely botanical institution of the inner mountain states.
Since 1976, the Arizona State Parks board and the University of Arizona have also helped care for the arboretum.
#5 It’s located about 55 miles east of Phoenix.
It isn’t too difficult to work a visit into your travels. Or why not make a special trip?
#6 They’ve got two miles of trails and walking paths you can explore.
They’ve got a demonstration garden, a gift shop, a picnic area, and some charcoal grills as well! Plenty of space for a picturesque lunch!
#7 You can see a tremendous variety of plants, not only inside the park, but even on the drive in!
Queen Creek ensures that the area stays lush and beautiful, so you’ll have the opportunity to see desert plants, trees, and tons of wildflowers like gold poppies, red flax, and verbena. You’ll also see the many types of cacti; In the late spring you’ll catch them blooming, and in the summer they’ll bear fruit.
#8 They host a ton of fun events!
Schedules and offerings always vary, but they have a wide range of exciting events. They do bird walks, lizard walks, and butterfly walks. They’ce also got tree tours, geology tours, and medicinal plant tours. They’re always creating new and unique events to help others enjoy and learn about nature!