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  • Writer's pictureSuperior, Arizona

See what's blooming at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum!

There are a lot of exciting things happening with our friends at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and wanted to share what's going on from a new brand launch to fun fall events to open job positions that might just make you consider Superior as your next home.


A brand new logo!

BTA recently announced the launch of a new logo! From BTA's official announcement explaining the meaning behind the new look: "Our old logo has served us well for over thirty years, and after careful consideration, we felt it was time for a change. The new logo honors our connection to the nature of Arizona in a modern and timeless way. BTA continues to be a place dedicated to the growth, research, exhibition, and education of flora and fauna, as it has for the past ninety-eight years."


Fun fall events to put on the calendar!


October 15th - 30th 2022

The Fall Plant Sale is the perfect time to pick up new trees, shrubs, perennials, and more for your garden or landscape. Featuring an array of plants from around the world, including native plants and plants native to the southwestern states and northern Mexico. These plants are better adapted for a climate like ours, making them more sustainable and water-wise. Some favorites include: Asclepias subulate / Desert Milkweed Anisicanthus thurberi / Desert Honeysuckle Larrea tridentata / Creosote Bush Simmondsia chinensis / Jojoba Sophora secundiflora / Texas Mt. Laurel Chilopsis linearis / Desert Willow As always, numerous species of cacti, succulents, agaves, and many other plants from desert regions around the world will be available, along with wildflower seeds to plant in the fall for those beautiful spring blooms. BTA Members receive 20% off Plant Sales and get early access to the sale through our Member Preview Day on October 14. Not yet a member? Sign up here to shop the sale early and save time in line!


Water Wise - Virtual Lecture

September 20th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM

Join in on a virtual lecture by BTA Executive Director, Lynne Nemeth on becoming a Water Wise Arboretum. This virtual lecture details the work they have already begun to prepare for the future of climate change and become a national model for water conservation and riparian preservation. Free to Attend, Pre-registration Required



Some of BTA's strange plants are beginning to bloom. Drimia maritima, commonly called Sea squill resembles a large onion and demonstrates a unique growth cycle with separate stages for vegetative growth and flowering. In spring, these bulbs produce rosettes of leaves up to 3’ long before entering dormancy through summer. In late summer to early fall, large inflorescences of flowers emerge on stalks (peduncles) that can reach over 6’ tall! The best place to see these strange blooms is on the Main Trail near Palm Grove. You can also find them in The Wallace Desert Garden and Demonstration Garden


Apply for a position at Boyce Thompson Arboretum!


The BTA is hiring! They currently have the following job openings: Custodian and Event Assistant Digital Marketing Manager Wallace Horticulture Supervisor Membership and Database Associate Program Assistant For job descriptions and details on how to apply, click here.


Stay up to date with seasonal hours

OCTOBER - APRIL 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Last admission at 4 PM)

MAY - SEPTEMBER 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Last admission at 2 PM)

Closed Tuesdays, June through September. Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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