Wallace Desert Garden Opens To Public Tours begin in October


SUPERIOR — Arizona’s largest botanical garden, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, announces the long-awaited opening of the new Wallace Desert Garden in October.

With the completion of a groundbreaking five-year project, BTA has become the new home of the renowned Wallace Desert Garden—featuring 5,000 plants moved more than 75 miles from their original location in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Beginning Oct. 1, the new garden will be open after its postponement this past March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Face coverings are required to enter and exit BTA as well as enclosed spaces or wherever physical distancing is difficult.

The new Wallace Desert Garden, at 13 acres, is situated adjacent to Queen Creek in a natural setting that offers spectacular views of Picketpost Mountain and the Superstition Mountains. It includes 1.5 miles of new trails and loops, two water crossings, and gathering areas. The main trail is wheelchair accessible and will guide visitors in a single direction to avoid “traffic jams.”

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) is located just outside of Phoenix, Ariz., in the stunning Superstition Mountains. Founded in 1924, the arboretum sits on 343 acres and features 19,000 desert plants from around the world. Admission is $15 for adults, and $5 for children. Dogs are welcome. BTA currently has mask requirements and social distancing protocols in place.

BTA encourages all community members to follow the advice of the CDC when choosing whether to visit any outdoor venue. Visit www.btarboretum.org for more information.

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