Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates 100 years

Centenary celebration events include:

100 tree spree, September 2023December 2023

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum is celebrating its centennial by committing to partner with schools, municipalities, community organizations, parks and nonprofits to plant a total of 100 native trees throughout the Valley metro area and its surrounding communities.

100 Trees Launching Event – September 23, 2023

  • 100 Tree Spree will begin planting trees in the newly restored space Lake Eyre.

Then and now install history, October 2023October 2024

  • Guests will take a trip down memory lane as historical photographs are placed throughout the arboretum in key locations, allowing guests to view “then and now.”

green opening ceremony, October 21, 2023

  • The Green Gala will celebrate 100 years of past, present and future, highlighting those striving to create a more sustainable landscape.

Raw’at Shuki: An Art Exhibition of Hedgehog Cactus, January 2024October 2024

  • A larger-than-life art gallery showcasing the Boyce Thompson Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus boyce-thompsonii), a species that embodies the history of plant care.

heritage tour, January 2024April 2024

Members’ Month: Centenary Focus, March 24, 2024

  • Arboretum members will honor the founder, Colonel Thompson, with a party and share photos, videos and memories.

sustainability programming, June 2024September 2024

2nd Annual Green Party, October 2024

  • The Green Gala will return once again to highlight and celebrate sustainability champions along with the sale of pieces from the Hedgehog Cactus Art Exhibit.

“Our founder, Colonel William Boyce Thompson I realized a hundred years ago what we still believe today: all life depends on plants. As we face a future affected by climate change, we know that stewardship of the Earth and all creatures is vital.”

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About Boyce Thompson Arboretum
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden and top tourist site, is managed by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. The 372-acre facility contains nearly five miles of trails and walkways through botanical exhibits from 11 of the world’s deserts, a native riverside habitat and colorful specialty gardens.

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