ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources, both in our Parks and through our partners for the benefit of the people. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Stone at (520) 689-2811, Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518, or Monica Enriquez at (602) 542-6997. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, Arizona - September 23, 2008) - Autumn is the perfect season to plant herbs, and trim and prune plants in home yards because it's best to get plants established before the summer heat. It's also the right time of year to prepare the home's spring flower garden.
Visitors to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park can buy a wide range of flowering plants, including herbs, cacti, shrubs and trees, and more at the Arboretum's Annual Fall Plant Sale October 10-26. Arboretum experts will be available to answer gardening and landscaping questions during the sale from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The annual sale is a fundraiser which helps support botany education and conservation at Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Noted author Mary Irish will be a featured guest October 18.
Other events planned for October include the Plants-of-the-Bible Guided Walk on October 5 and October 18 from 1:30pm until 3:00pm. Learn about botany, history and the Scripture on this slow-paced tour down smooth, flat trails that are wheelchair accessible. David Oberpriller and other experts point out types of plants mentioned in the Bible that are grown at the Arboretum.
The Insects are Focus of "BioDive" Program is October 10 from 9:00 am until Noon. The new "BioDive" Program is being offered this year for high school home school students. As part of the activity, insect/wildflower surveys will be conducted and relationships between insect and wildflower groups will be studied. Students will also gain experience recording data. To register phone (520) 689-2723.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located three miles west of historic Superior on U.S. Highway 60. It's a leisurely drive from the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas. Phone 520-689-2723 or visit http://ag.arizona.edu/bta for more information.