The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an historic and beautiful desert garden. Plants are studied for drought tolerance, usefulness to people, and landscaping potential. Nature trails wind through 35 acres of grounds.
Just one hour east of Phoenix, the Arboretum features 3,200 desert-adapted plants from all over the world. The Demonstration Garden displays a series of low-water-use residential theme gardens. Education programs and special events are offered throughout the year for children and adults.