Plants of the Bible Land Walking Tour at 1:30 pm
April 19; Tour Start Time Moves to 8:00am May 17 , June 21

     The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert, so it is not surprising that many of plants common in the Middle East can thrive in Arizona -- and may be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Please join Arboretum volunteers * on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours meet twice each month during the winter and spring tour season: on the Second Sunday with Rich Adams as your guide, and also the Third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with Dave Oberpriller as guide each month through April. Summer hours bring a change to 8:00 AM for the start time during May-June-July-August.

     Our guides suggest you 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.

     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.

          *Opinions and views expressed by volunteers are strictly their own and do not necessarily represent the position of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum or its management.
     
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