Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

October 12 and 27, 2019   1:30 p.m.

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Learn the edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely walk guided by Jim Shepherd. Expect a few tasting samples along the way too; Jim usually shares samplers of agave syrup, mesquite flour and prickly pear cactus fruit jelly with his guests. Learn the different ways that native plants such as prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves and jojoba have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. 

* * * Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.

October 27:

Dave Morris spent decades studying how native people in Arizona used plant materials and survived in the Sonoran Desert. He's an ethnobotanist, member of the Choctaw nation, a raconteur, and popular guide for this once-a-month walking tour showcasing edible, medicinal and useful plants of the surrounding Sonoran Desert at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior.

Dave shares his botanical trove of Sonoran Desert knowledge (liberally sprinkled with excruciating puns and jokes). You'll see jojoba, creosote, and other plants while Dave explains their medicinal and edible uses. Join us to learn how prickly-pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojoba and other native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran Desert peoples for more than 1,000 years.

* * * Please note: this guided tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers.