Created 12-Oct-14
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Located in the shadow of Picketpost Mountain just outside the mining town of Superior, Arizona, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state and the fourth oldest botanical institution west of the Mississippi. It was founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and “living museum”.

A riparian zone, the park attracts Sonoran Desert wildlife and migrating birds. Bobcats, javelinas, coatimundis, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, hawks, hummingbirds, and vultures can all be found to call the park home. 270 bird species have been spotted in the park and the Audubon Society has designated the Arboretum as an Important Bird Area.

The park hosts an impressive assortment of cacti and succulents, including 2600 species of arid land plants from around the world grow at the Arboretum. Agaves, aloes, boojum trees, cork oaks, jujube trees, legume trees, and, in the Eucalyptus grove, one of the largest red gum Eucalyptus trees (“Mr. Big”) in the United States.

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Tequila, anyone? (This is the Agave plant, a Tequila ingredient).

Tequila, anyone? (This is the Agave plant, a Tequila ingredient).

A palm tree in its natural state (un-skinned).

A palm tree in its natural state (un-skinned).

Two crazy-armed Saguaro cactus.

Two crazy-armed Saguaro cactus.

Aloe in bloom.

Aloe in bloom.

Prickly Pear cactus will grow wherever it can grab a foothold.

Prickly Pear cactus will grow wherever it can grab a foothold.

The path through the park.

The path through the park.

The path...looking back.

The path...looking back.

Yucca, Prickly Pear, and a Saguaro skeleton to the right.

Yucca, Prickly Pear, and a Saguaro skeleton to the right.

That's a Century Plant in the center.

That's a Century Plant in the center.

A nearly neon Ocotillo bush.

A nearly neon Ocotillo bush.

The tree in the center is a Date Palm.

The tree in the center is a Date Palm.

The plants in the foreground are Cattails bordering Ayer lake.

The plants in the foreground are Cattails bordering Ayer lake.

The cactus on the right is a Fishhook, not a Barrel.

The cactus on the right is a Fishhook, not a Barrel.

Prickly Pear cactus with fruit.

Prickly Pear cactus with fruit.