Facts About Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
''Sixty miles east of Phoenix, in the shadow of Picketpost Mountain and straddling Queen Creek Canyon, the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum displays, studies and perserves a unique assemblage of plants from the worlds arid and semi-arid regions.It all began as the vision of a mining magnate named Colonel William B. Thompson back in the 1920's. He hoped to ''instill in people an appreciation of plants through the experimental cultivations of drought-tolerant species to promote the wise use of arid lands''.
The arboretum has gardens, lots of them! There's the Cactus Garden, Taylor Family Desert Legume Garden, Wing Memorial Garden, and the Demonstation Garden. Each has its own particular focus. The Smith Interpretive Center also houses two greenhouses for cold sensitive cacti. Some of the oddest shaped cacti can be seen there. For walking, there's the Australian Walkabout, which is like being in Australia, the High Trail, from whose vistas you can look down on a 'panoramic view of Queen Creek and the canyon area', filled with native vegetation of the Upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, and there's always the Main Trail, which is densly filled with various kinds of trees, conifers, bushes and tropical-looking palms.
© Joan Ann Lansberry, This page updated October 14, 2012
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