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Celebrate 100 Years with Boyce Thompson Arboretum

It's a special time at Boyce Thompson Arboretum as they mark 100 years of cultivating their beautiful botanical gardens. See what they have planned for their centennial celebrations below.


Founder, Colonel William Boyce Thompson realized nearly one hundred years ago what we still believe today: All life depends on plants.



In advance of Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s milestone anniversary in 2024, BTA is currently planning a full range of programs and initiatives that will celebrate 100 years of their history while looking forward to a new vision of the future.



100 Tree Spree

BTA is launching their 100 Tree Spree to plant 100 native trees at various public institutions, schools, and non-profit organizations throughout the Copper Corridor, valley-metro, and neighboring communities.

As we face a future impacted by climate change, we know that stewardship of the land and all creatures is vital.

An effective way to combat the many pressures our environment is facing from the ongoing climate crisis is to plant trees. Trees provide shade, thus reducing energy costs, clean our air, offset carbon emissions, improve water quality, and promote biodiversity


September 2023 – December 2023 Sponsored by: Arizona Water



Then & Now

BTA will be opening the new special exhibition-Then & Now.

Then & Now will demonstrate the history and growth of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Installations of historical photos will be displayed next to the current location depicted.

October 22, 2023 – October 2024



Green Gala

Join in on celebrating 100 years of BTA's Past, Present, and Future as they strive to create a more sustainable Arboretum.

October 21, 2023



Legacy Tour

This docent lead tour will highlight the history of Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the realization of Colonel Thompson’s vision by way of key contributors throughout the decades.

January 2024 – April 2024


Spiny Splendor

This larger than life art exhibit will showcase the hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus boyce-thompsonii). The boyce-thompsonii was named after Colonel William Boyce Thompson and was founded within the vicinity of the arboretum.

Spiny Splendor is a garden art experience that will celebrate BTA's history and diversity by displaying beautifully designed fiberglass sculptures decorated by local artists.

January 2024 – October 2024


Founder’s Celebration

During 2024’s Member Month, BTA will be hosting a special celebration in honor of Colonel Thompson.

Join in as BTA celebrates the founder of Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the memories that the arboretum has provided for us all.

March 24, 2024

Sustainability Programming

Boyce Thompson Arboretum will be hosting and collaborating on sustainability educational programs.

June 2024 – September 2024

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