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Spring 2013 Phoenix Plant Sales: Get Your Garden On!

Xeriscape Plants at Boyce Thompson ArboretumTime flies, spring is already here…and so are the plant sales!  Time to support our local gardens by sprucing up your Phoenix desert landscape with some new xeriscape and desert-adapted plants!

Desert Botanical Garden

  • March 15, 2013 (members only) – 7:00am to 5:00pm
  • March 16, 2013 –  7:00am to 5:00pm
  • March 17, 2013 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Getting into the plant sale is free to everyone, but members get the added benefit of having the day to themselves on Friday and a discount on plants…both excellent reasons to become a member!  But why not make a day of it by visiting their new restaurant, Gertrude’s, for lunch or dinner!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

  • March 8, 2013 (members only) – 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • March 9-24, 2013 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Well, we missed the member preview on Friday, but there’s still one outstanding reason to become a BTA member…a 20% discount on plants!

By the way, if you can’t make it to either the Desert Botanical Garden or the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, please be sure to visit your local Phoenix nurseries.  The really good ones have experts on staff who can dig into your questions and help you select the xeriscape plants that will brighten your desert garden.


In Rare Form: Arizona Hedgehog Cactus

Arizona Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus arizonicus ss. arizonicus)I think it’s important to support the gardens in our Phoenix desert, so I belong to both the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the Desert Botanical Garden.

Yes, they’re both lovely places to visit, especially in the spring when the desert goes bloom crazy.  But I’ll bet you didn’t know that one of the most important functions they perform is horticultural research.  The Arizona Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus arizonicus ss. arizonicus) is just one example of the research being done on our rare desert plants.

This species is found in just one small area of central Arizona.  But with a better understanding of this stunning cactus, researchers can begin to propagate them so they can one day make their way into your local nursery.  So…feed our gardens, save our cactus!


Spring 2012 Plant Sale: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Plant SaleAnd while we’re at it…the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is having its spring plant sale through March 25, 2012!

(I won’t get into how dang lucky we are to have not one, but TWO major gardens in the Phoenix area! Each offers a completely different, but equally excellent experience.)

Anyway, if you’re into desert gardening, then pick up some xeriscape plants at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Plant sale hours coincide with arboretum hours (8:00am to 4:00pm daily) and runs through March 25.  I’m sure they’ll provide gardening tips, too, and members do receive 20% off plants.  Another good reason to join!


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