Bid bye-bye to buzzards this weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

This week brings the Autumnal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians. In Pinal County, our own Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60 in Superior, celebrates a sure sign of fall with the annual departure of the seasonal resident turkey vultures (also called buzzards). On Saturday Sept. 23, join Arizona […]

Labor Day weekend events at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior southeast of Apache Junction is open all three days of Labor Day weekend. Admission is $12.50 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Children younger than age 5 are admitted free. Check the Boyce Thompson Arboretum event pages at or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811. Labor […]

Apache Junction residents Johnson, Warneckes featured speakers July 23 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Three Apache Junction residents are featured speakers Sunday, July 23, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The talks are: •8 a.m.: Agave Nectar, Nopalitos: Taste Desert Edibles: Learn some of the edible and medicinal uses for native Sonoran desert plants on a leisurely guided walk. Apache Junction resident and desert plants enthusiast Jim Shepherd will show […]

Learn about lizards at Boyce Thompson Arboretum June 10

Colorful, comical, skittering lizards are the hook for summertime lizard walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum guided by outdoor educator “Wild Man Phil” Rakoci. Attend his excursion Saturday, June 10, and you’re likely to learn about more than just herps (that’s short for herpetology, the formal name for scientific study of reptiles). “My goal is introducing […]

Learn your lizards at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum May 13

Summer nature walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum bring a weekly opportunity to learn about plants, birds and critters from a variety of guides – each with a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge. Saturday, May 13, is the season debut of BTA’s popular once-a-month “Lizard Walk” series guided by Steven Prager and Cathy Wise. Summer […]

Arboretum pre-Valentine’s Day music Feb. 11 with Apache Junction resident Mark Fogelson

Start planning for a romantic pre-Valentine’s Day date. We suggest a hand-in-hand walk with your sweetie through the inspiring gardens of Boyce Thompson Arboretum, followed by a relaxed, easy-listening Saturday-after-lunch concert by Apache Junction singer-songwriter Mark Fogelson, a popular humorist when he’s living here in Apache Junction during the winter months.

The arboretum is on U.S. Highway 60 about 30 miles east of Apache Junction. The website is

Arboretum guided tours are 11 a.m. daily and on Feb. 11, if the weather’s not rainy or excessively windy or cold, Minnesota-Arizona humorist Mr. Fogelson will share a 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday concert inspired by the weekend l’amour. Note that if weather forecasters predicts a high probability of rain or excessive cold, this outdoor gig will be moved to Sunday when it can proceed indoors in the arboretum’s Smith Building lecture room.
Mr. Fogelson is a traveling troubadour with an extensive catalog of originals, which he’s mining for love songs when he plays here.

“I’d love to sing love songs and songs that I just love to sing,” said Mr. Fogelson, offering a sneak preview of a set list that could range from “Dollar Store Romance,” “I Remember my first dance,” “Old Love,” “Hope Springs Eternal” and “She Was So Beautiful.”

Got lunch? Carry cash if you like posole. Chef Eric and Terri of Tall Order Catering will sell the hearty, green-chile-infused Mexican stew for $4 a bowl during the lunch hour until supplies run out. And if you’re in the market for a unique item of Grand Canyon State bling for your sweetie, check out the Arizona stones set in copper and other native metals sold by San Tan Valley jewelers Barb and Adi Pohan from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the arboretum visitor center lobby. Confirm weekend nature walks and other details at

Editor’s note: Mr. Wolterbeek is an employee of the arboretum.

Picket Post Mansion tours Jan. 7-8 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

West-facing walls and windows of historic Picket Post House are all that most people have ever seen of the 7,000-square-foot mansion, but after a five-year hiatus, two weekends of public tours are scheduled Dec. 10-11 and Jan. 7-8. Mark your calendar and don’t miss these rare opportunities to walk through Col. William Boyce Thompson’s venerable […]