Desert plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

August at the arboretum

August is one of the least crowded months at Boyce Thompson Arboretum in terms of human visitors. (The park’s average attendance is between 1,400 and 1,800. In comparison, March, the most popular month, draws about 20,000.) But Arizona’s oldest botanical garden still boasts plenty to see and do.

The grounds are home to 3,900 species of plants from around the globe, and even in the summer, a wide variety of birds, reptiles, insects and mammals. Recent sightings have included two families of hawks, turkey vultures, woodpeckers, flycatchers, finches, hummingbirds, cardinals, lizards, snakes, butterflies, dragonflies and bighorn sheep. The number of animals in the park is also currently higher than normal due to a recent wildfire in the area.

The arboretum offers the following group activities in August:

Book club meeting, 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2

History tour, 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Dragonfly walk, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Lizard walk, 8 a.m.

Aug. 10 and Aug. 31

Butterfly walk, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17

Digital photographers meet, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 17

Geology tour, 8 a.m.

Aug. 24

Edible and medicinal plants tour, 8 a.m. Aug. 25

For more information visit or call 520-689-2723.

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