Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

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

Geology walking tour Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 AM
** Summer tour monthly at 8am August 23; tour at 8:30am September 27
Geologist Scott McFadden is our special guest 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. Tour repeats August 23 with ASU Professor Steve Semken as our guide (then moves to an 8:30am start time September 27 with Scott, the month BTA returns to our 8am-5pm fall-winter schedule). Read a recent interview with Steve Semken from the Gold Canyon Ledger

Butterfly Walk July 26, Saturday, with Adriane Grimaldi
8:30 a.m., again August 23, September 27, October 25
Our special guest tourguide Adriane Grimaldi is the Education Director at Butterfly Wonderland, and leads our Butterfly walk at 8:30 am July 26 - a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more; on a relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Temperatures are hot ; please make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, carry water and stay hydrated. August 23 our tour leader is Marceline VandeWater, a board member of the Central AZ Butterfly Association. Start time moves to 9:30AM for the season finale October 25 with Adriane Grimaldi and Gail Morris. See Butterfly Photos and Learn IDs from CAZBA

Margarita Night – Arboretum Members-Only Event With Live Music by Uno Dos
July 26, Saturday, 6-8pm
$10 per person, have a credit card ready and call 520.698.2723 to make reservations
Complimentary fresh chips, salsa, guacamole, Coronas and margaritas. Bring cash; street tacos will be available for purchase (food prepared by Jade Grill). Fresh salsa contest - bring a quart to share and you could win a prize (when you call to register and pre-pay, lease be sure to mention if you plan to enter the salsa contest)

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk Guided By Dave Morris July 27 at 8:00 a.m.
** tour repeats august 24, then start time is 8:30am September 28 with Jean Groen as our guide
Explore our Curandero Trail on this guided tour, a one-hour walk where ethno-botanist and Choctaw Nation expert guide Dave Morris shares his knowledge about the ways native plants 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 walkersRead more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Classes July 27 , also August, September
July 27 from 9:30-11:00am; class repeats August 9, August 17, September 1
Learn to pick, process and prepare the colorful fruit of prickly pear cacti during any of four classes that repeat during harvest season starting Sunday July 27 and repeating four times through Labor Day. Edible desert foods author Jean Groen and her prickly pear picking accomplice Robert Lewis teach our season debut July 27 - and shares unique cactus cuisine at a tasting table following the informal, outdoor one-hour workshop (Jean predicts: "nopales and corn salsa, prickly pear lemonade, prickly pear salsa, meatballs in prickly pear BBQ sauce). Or join us Saturday August 9 or else Sunday August 17 when guest instructors are Chef Eric & Terri Naddy of Tall Order Catering, offering their own spin on culinary uses for cactus fruit and pads. Jean returns for the seasonal finale on Labor Day Monday. And don't miss the
town of Superior's 3rd Annual Prickly Pear Festival August 23.

July 27 Camera Class - Its OK To Use AUTO
*** included with $10 daily admission -- register online via this link
Artist Lisa Langell easily fills classes at $50-a-pop for basic photography; $75 and up for specific topics. So why would she offer her services free to a fortunate 20 enrollees July 27 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum? "BTA is one of my favorite places in Arizona - I love the gardens, and I love photography. Here's a chance for me to meet new beginner photographers who want to improve how they use their cameras...and to see that "Ah-HA!" moment light up their eyes when they master a new setting or technique," said the Scottsdale pro photographer. "I'm hoping the room will be filled with new faces - people who've never attended one of my classes before, and also haven't visited the Arboretum. I'm volunteering my time that day - and keeping the cost negligible. This workshop's included with $10 daily admission to BTA, but you do have to pre-register as we can only accommodate the first 20 attendees. I'll keep a wait list and if this proves popular enough, we'll repeat the same class in
July for those on the wait list." EDITOR'S NOTE - register for this July 27 session via this link:
Enroll in this class online at

General Tour with Jim Friday, August 1 and 22, at 7:00 AM
What bird has foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 6-foot high Saguaro? Can you name three edible desert plants that are at their peak during July and August? Hear the answers and learn about the Arboretum's history and mission on a general walking tour of the main trail Friday August 1 (also August 22), on a walking tour guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd from 7:00-9:00am. An Mesa resident and lifelong naturalist, Jim has traveled the length and breadth of Arizona in search of flora and fauna. He served with the Arizona Game & Fish Department several years ago, as a Boy Scout volunteer; with a passion for nature and the outdoors he is eager to share. In addition to his love of the outdoors, he enjoys writing, volunteering in his church, and having fun with his three grown sons. Discover the many natural wonders of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring your family, your binoculars, and your questions in a participatory nature walk through the Park with Jim.

Dragonfly Walk August 2 , Saturday
8:30 a.m., August 2 with Joanna Henry and September 6 with Pierre Deviche
ASU researcher Joanna Henry joins Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut leading our August dragonfly walk - a chance to see, photograph and learn about odonate species ranging from Blue-eyed Darner to Flame Skimmer, Mexican Amberwing and more. Temperatures spike in August; please make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat and slather on the sunscreen; carry plenty of water and stay hydrated.

LightRoom 5 Users Group August 2 , Saturday
10am til noon in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Photographer Jack Haskell is guest coordinator during August and September for the once-a-month meeting of the LightRoom5 users group. Meetings are open to the public, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Read more complete details on our Photo Class Page

Sunday Guided Bird Walk August 3 with Jay Taylor
6:30 - 8:00 a.m.; another bird walk August 24 Sunday, with Anne Leight
A male Blue Grosbeak was seen near the Picnic Area on our most recent guided bird walk, a Common Ground Dove calling near the Smith Building parking lot has been a daily event each morning of July; orioles, tanagers and songbirds are here. Join us and learn basic bird identification skills August 3 for a special Sunday guided walk guided by Jay Taylor, or our next walk August 24, Sunday, with Anne Leight. Read recent bird checklist reports

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk August 9 , Saturday, and again August 30-31, September 13
guided tours in August are 8am - and 8:30 Septembe 13
Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci returns as guide for this outdoor outing for kids -- and adults -- for all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. as guide August 9; see photos andconnect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook. August 30-31 brings a back-to-back weekend of Lizard walks, Saturday August 30 with Wild Man Phil, and then Sunday Aug. 31 with Larry Jones, the Tucson author who wrote Lizards of the Southwest. Daily hours return to the Fall-Winter schedule of 8am-5pm in September and the Lizard Walk start time moves to 8:30 for the season finale September 13 with Wild Man Phil. See photos and read more about Lizard Walks at BTA

Full Moon Drum Circle Sunday, August 10 - a BTA members-only Evening
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Looking for a unique way to salute the rising full moon on August 10, listed as a "super moon" on some celestial event-planning websites? Cindy Green is organizing a ‘Full Moon Drum Circle’ on that Sunday evening, two hours of participatory percussion beneath our towering and shady trees that encircle the Smith Building courtyard. Drummers are invited to call Cindy Green at 480-299-4129, or to email Cindy at [] for details. Green coaches drum-building workshops, and says all drums are welcome. No percussion? No problem! Green will bring a few loaners for those who wish to participate and revel in the ancient sound of drums echoing in the towering hackberry and mesquite trees which shade the Smith Building front courtyard. BTA closes at 3:00 p.m. daily during July and August; we'll reopen the main gate at 5:30 for BTA members on this special “Full Moon Sunday” evening. The two-hour drum circle begins at 6:00, continuing through sunset and by the light of the rising full moon, expected at 7:18p.m., ending and closing the park again at dark - 8:00 p.m. You're not among our members yet, but wuold like to join us and attend? Membership starts at $50 for a full year for a couple - and that includes a pair of one-time-use guests passes to bring two friends or family for a visit; with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723 to order a membership by phone. View a short film clip of Cindy Green drumming at BTA

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday August 16 at 8:00 am
** Start time moves to 8:30am September 20, then 1:30pm October 18, November 15
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

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne August 17
8:00 AM ( tree tour repeats September 21, with 10am start time )
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.

Book Club August 19, Lady Law - The Story of Arizona Supreme Court Justice Lorna Lockwood
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 AM in the Air-Conditioned Smith Building Lecture Room
Meet the author on Tuesday, Aug 19, when the featured read of our book-of-the-month club is Lady Law: The Story of Arizona Supreme Court Justice Lorna Lockwood written by Sonja White David -- the story of the first woman sworn-in as a Justice for the Arizona Supreme Court. Born in 1903, Lorna Lockwood grew up watching her father, an Arizona Superior Court Judge, reside over trials in the county seat of Tombstone, Arizona. She aspired to a career, but when she applied to law school was told “it was no place for a woman”. Lorna persevered - and her life story is the subject of our August BTA Book Club gathering for a discussion. As a special treat, author Sonja White David is scheduled to attend and participate in the discussion and answer questions about Lorna Lockwood, the author’s research and writing process, and give us advance insight into her next book. Lady Law is available in our Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email

8th Annual CAZBA Butterfly Count September 6, Saturday
8:30 a.m.
Volunteers with the Central Arizona Butterfly Association invite participants to join their 8th annual Saturday Autumn census of all the butterflies they can find here at BTA - and a few others spots here in this corner of Pinal County. Similiar to the Christmas Bird County in December, the count circle has a 15-mile diameter and the goal is a one-day census of all butterflies seen within. Volunteer participants will be assigned to a teamleader and will be working a part of the count circle area. To sign up as a volunteer, email Marceline VandeWAter. Participants usually meet for lunch at a local restaurant in Superior (or bring your own) exchanging preliminary findings. An impressive 79 species of butterflies appear on the Arboretum's checklist; the record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during this count a few years ago. Read event details at
And the discussion continues at a followup meeting September 17 at 7pm at the Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (NorthWest corner of Oak and 64th Street in Scottsdale) where count results will be reviewed, pictures discussed -- and with additional photos of AZ butterflies shown for a few general lessons about challenging butterfly identifications.

Book Club September 16, Tuesday: Dark Moon Crossing by Sylvia Nobel
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 AM in the Air-Conditioned Smith Building Lecture Room
This summer BTA's Book Club has a guest coordinator -- Arizona author Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald; and a new meeting date and time, too -- the third Tuesday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Smith Building's air-conditioned lecture room. September's featured book is "Dark Moon Crossing" by Sylvia Nobel. During Summer months the arboretum opens at 6:00am; enjoy an hour or two walking the gardens while the morning is cool - then join a lively book club discussion from 8:00-9:30. All are welcome to attend. The book is available in the BTA Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email

Master Gardener Presentations October 4, November 1, December 6

11:00am, included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed

Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program resume their once-a-month Saturday series of seasonal seminars with "Finding your Perfect Soil Mate!" Oct. 4 at 11am on the Smith Patio (indoors, in the event of rain). October is the ultimate month to plant in the Sonoran Desert. Roots grow all year round. By planting in the fall your plants will have time to mature and will have a better chance to survive the long hot summer. This class will teach you how to make sensible selections according to your individual garden needs so you’ll be ready for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Fall Plant Sale. Future topics are "Gardening for Winter Visitors" Nov. 1 and then 'Art in the Garden' Dec. 6.

Fall Plant Sale October 10-26
* opens October 10 for "members-only" preview shopping of the sale area; sale 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. October's Fall Plant Salebrings 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!

Authors At The Arboretum Book Festival, December 6 (Saturday)
10am - 3pm

Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children’s books. Arboretum Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance "to meet the person behind the pen" and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Throughout the day, the schedule will feature readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop or two! Revisit this page in November for a more complete agenda and list of participating authors. For more information contact Kathy O’Dwyer McDonald at ; or by phone at 520.840.9766, or call Boyce Thompson Arboretum Gift Shop Director Lynnea Spencer at 520. 689. 2723

Smartphone, 'mirror-less' and Point-n-Shoot Basic Photography with Tom Boggan
Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to enroll
If you’re a beginner/novice photographer, this one’s for you – and it’s a bargain at $20 for BTA members ($30 nonmembers). As Scottsdale Pro photographer Tom Boggan describes it: “the best camera is the one you have with you. Even if you're shooting with your cellphone or apoint-n-shot, you can still make great photos. In this two-hours class I'll demonstrate ways to capture better photos using compact cameras, mirrorless cameras, point-n-shoot cameras, and especially your smartphone. We'll spend about 45 minutes in the classroom talking about gear, apps for shooting and editing on your smartphone, capturing light and methods of composing a shot -- then head into the garden to practice together. “ Connect with Tom Boggan on Facebook
Wish you were more confident with your camera? Tom generously volunteers a morning or afternoon each month here helping our visitors improve their camera skills, donating his time so enrollments benefit BTA. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight students; we challenge you to find a better opportunity – and value - than Tom Boggan's recurring workshop. Consider this email we received after one of Tom's classes; Cave Creek resident and BTA member Carol wrote: "Tom - thank you so much for the great photography class, you have a gift for taking something complex and bringing it down to a level that the average person can understand! I tried with books and magazines to make sense of the dizzying array of counter-intuitive settings on my camera such as ISO, F-stop etc. but things just continued to be confusing. With your concise handout and your class, I actually feel as though a light bulb has come on and I am beginning to understand these concepts for the first time! I now enjoy the challenge of creating a photo and taking photos feels more about my artistic efforts vs. the camera's magical workings. Thank you again for helping me move to a new level in my enjoyment of photography and (by extension) my real passion: nature." See More Arboretum Camera Classes

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
These informal two-hour user’s group meetings each month are free to BTA annual members - included with daily admission of $10 for nonmembers. One of the most popular photography software packages, Adobe Lightroom, is described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers. From first look to final image, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 makes everything about digital photography easier, faster and more amazing. Perfect your shots with powerful new adjustment tools, efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere." Read More About this Photography Software Users Group

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 pro photographers Michael Madsen and Patty Van Herpen will teach camera basics and more - here's a chance to learn camera functions and to practice what you have learned in the Demonstration Garden alongside two professionals, a Canon and a Nikon expert. Gilbert professional photographer Michael Madsen is among featured artists in our Visitor Center Gallery and is expert with Nikon gear while
Patty Van Herpen, prefers Canon . 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 your own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.Read More About this Photography Class

Arboretum History Walk DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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

Tom Boggan Camera Basics Photo ClassDATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
2:00 - 4:00 PM. Enrollment $20 for BTA 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: Digital Photo Post-Processing Basics With Rim DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
10 AM. $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 April 30, Wednesday from 10am til noon. 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

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.

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

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.

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