Boyce Arboretum Visitors Center
The Boyce Arboretum Visitors Center offers various exhibits and a gift shop with snacks, books, prints, posters, and seed packets. You can also purchase cactus, other succulents, trees, shrubs, ground cover, and herbs.
During Summer months the cooling-tower exhibit at the visitor center creates a cool microclimate; its 30-foot tower functions as a giant evaporative cooler. Scheduled events include Summertime guided tours where you can learn about lizards and butterflies; Spring and Fall plant sales, a live music fest in November and Fall Color Festival at the end of November, Australia Day in January, Herb Festival, World Desert Fair and more. A picnic area near the parking lot is available to visitors.
There are also two greenhouses which contain cactus and succulents that would not otherwise survive winter cold at this 2,400-foot elevation. The Smith Interpretive Center, between the display greenhouses, has exhibits on plants and local history. A Demonstration Garden offers tips and examples of water-efficient landscaping design.
Tours and most public events are included with regular admission. There are also picnic tables and charcoal grilles available to visitors, and leashed pets are welcome.
Special Programs & Events
January - Australia Day, Quilt Show & Contest, 2 p.m. Lecture Series Wed. - Sun.
February -The Language of Flowers, 2 p.m. Lecture Series Wed. - Sun.
March - Wildflower Month, Welcome Back Buzzards, Spring Plant Sale, 2 p.m.
Lecture Series Wed.- Sun.
April - Earth/Arbor Day, Spring Plant Sale
May - Herb Festival
September - Bye, Bye Buzzards
October - Fall Plant Sale, Creepy Crawly Critter Contest
November -Feeling of Fall Festival