Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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Not only are the flowers beautiful but I love this cactus.
  
The admission price is only $7.50 per person and any guided tours that you want to go on are included in that price. The Arboretum was founded in the 1920's. It is Arizona's oldest botanical garden and it sits on 323 acres. They have a self guided tour which is a walk of about 1.5 miles. Some of it is hilly but none of it is difficult. They say to allow 2 hours but I think that three is more reasonable.  Everything is well maintained and if you see plants that you like many are for sale at the visitor entrance. October is when they have their big plant sale. It was in October that I got Ben. Ben is a tree that I bought there that was only about 3 inches high. Now he is over 6.5 feet.

They have a lot of programs such as a dragon fly tour, plants of the Bible tour, butterfly walk and others. I think that you get more out of the self directed walk though because it is important in a place like this to be able to go at your own pace. So while the guides do a great job, I am not recommending them. I also recommending going in cooler weather as it can be a very hot walk. If you can't pick your season then be sure to go early in the day.

They have plants from many dry climates around the world, such as South America, Africa, Asia, Australia,the Mediterranean, but most of all, from my beloved Arizona. 
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Not only are the flowers beautiful…
Not only are the flowers beautifu…
Amazing to see how these flowers g…
Amazing to see how these flowers …
I love these yellow flowers.
I love these yellow flowers.
Bottle brush
Bottle brush
Blooming cholla
Blooming cholla
Prickly pear in the front and aloe…
Prickly pear in the front and alo…
desert scenery
desert scenery
A beautiful day for a lovely walk.
A beautiful day for a lovely walk.
This was the guide trying to captu…
This was the guide trying to capt…
This tree that I was looking at wa…
This tree that I was looking at w…
Another picture of the same tree t…
Another picture of the same tree …
Part of the herb garden.
Part of the herb garden.
more cholla.
more cholla.
A variety of cactus.
A variety of cactus.
These are prickly pears and the bl…
These are prickly pears and the b…
I wish everyone could be here to e…
I wish everyone could be here to …
This is a century plant. Tradition…
This is a century plant. Traditio…
We named these the vulture cactus …
We named these the vulture cactus…
close up of prickly pear blooms.
close up of prickly pear blooms.
another trail
another trail
So pretty!!!
So pretty!!!
Part of the 71/2 acre Australian w…
Part of the 71/2 acre Australian …
A shady spot.
A shady spot.
desert vista
desert vista
More beautiful flowers.
More beautiful flowers.
More of our beautiful landscape
More of our beautiful landscape
This is a tarantula hawk. It is a …
This is a tarantula hawk. It is a…
One of my favorites, the barrel ca…
One of my favorites, the barrel c…
This is a boojum tree. They only o…
This is a boojum tree. They only …
This is Ben. He is a Mescal Bean S…
This is Ben. He is a Mescal Bean …
This is a picture of the pods. The…
This is a picture of the pods. Th…
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