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Boyce Thompson Arboretum


An Echinopsis terscheckii in bloom in the Cactus Garden

    I had heard of this place and wanted to visit someday. One Saturday in early August I found the perfect reason. I had just bought a new digital SLR and wanted to try it out. I'm not dissapointed with the place or the camera. Sadly it was a very hot and humid day so I spent most of my time, only a couple hours, in the Cactus Garden. I left there soaked with sweat and exhausted. But I got a few good pics.
     Boyce Thompson, now a State Park, comprises 320 acres of magnificent gardens highlighting the flora of the deserts of the world. There are several themed gardens and two miles of hiking trails along with an exhibit building known as the Smith Interpretive Center with two attached greenhouses and a classroom. They are presently working on a Childrens Garden which should be finished soon.

Boyce Thompson is about an hour east of Phoenix and two hours north of Tucson on Highway 60 just outside of Superior. They also have a website. It is http://ag.arizona.edu/BTA/


Pictures in the Smith Interpretive Center greenhouses.
Agave guingola.jpg
Agave guingola
Alluaudia procera.jpg
Alluaudia procera
Aloe dorotheae.jpg
Aloe dorotheae
Aloe striata.jpg
Aloe striata
Astros and Corys.jpg
Astros and Corys
Astros.jpg
Astros
Columnars.jpg
Columnars
Echonocactus texensis04.jpg
Echinocactus texensis
Euphorbia canariensis.jpg
Euphorbia canariensis
Euphorbia grandicornis.jpg
Euphorbia grandicornis
Euphorbia royleana.jpg
Euphorbia royleana
Hoodia gordonii.jpg
Hoodia gordonii
Mammillaria geminispina.jpg
Mammillaria geminispina
Mammillaria lenta04.jpg
Mammillaria lenta
Mammillarias.jpg
Mammillarias
Parodias.jpg
Parodias
Pedilanthus macrocarpa.jpg
Pedilanthus macrocarpa
Smith Building.jpg
Smith Interperative Center Entrance

Pictures in the Cactus Garden.
Agave americana.jpg
Agave americana
Agave murpheyi variegata.jpg
Agave murpheyi variegata
Agave pelona1.jpg
Agave pelona
Agave pelona2.jpg
Agave pelona
Agave vilmoriniana.jpg
Agave vilmoriniana
Agave1.jpg
Agave
Agave2.jpg
Agave
Agaves and Barrells.jpg
Agaves and Barrells
Boojum Tree.jpg
Boojum Tree
Cephalocereus senilis.jpg
Cephalocereus senilis
Cleistocactus straussii.jpg
Cleistocactus straussii
Cylindropuntia molesta.jpg
Cylindropuntia molesta
Echinocactus platyacanthus01.jpg
Echinocactus platyacanthus
Echinocactus platyacanthus02.jpg
Echinocactus platyacanthus
Echinocereus boyce-thompsonii.jpg
Echinocereus boyce-thompsonii
Echinocereus nicholii2.jpg
Echinocereus nicholii
Echinocereus nichollii.jpg
Echinocereus nichollii
Echinocereus stramineus.jpg
Echinocereus stramineus
Echinocereus.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinopsis husascha.jpg
Echinopsis husascha
Echinopsis sp.jpg
Echinopsis sp
Echinopsis strigosa.jpg
Echinopsis strigosa
Echinopsis terscheckii04.jpg
Echinopsis terscheckii
Echinopsis terscheckii05.jpg
Echinopsis terscheckii
Echinopsis terscheckii06.jpg
Echinopsis terscheckii
Echinopsis terscheckii07.jpg
Echinopsis terscheckii
Echinopsis terscheckii08.jpg
Echinopsis terscheckii
Echinopsis thelegona.jpg
Echinopsis thelegona
Echinopsis thelegona2.jpg
Echinopsis thelegona
Ferocacti.jpg
Ferocacti
Ferocactus diguetii.jpg
Ferocactus diguetii
Ferocactus gracilis ssp. gracilus.jpg
Ferocactus gracilis ssp. gracilus
Ferocactus peninsulaea x rectispinus.jpg
Ferocactus peninsulaea x rectispinus
Ferocactus01.jpg
Ferocactus
Ferocactus02.jpg
Ferocactus
Grusonia kunzei.jpg
Grusonia kunzei
Lychen covered rock.jpg
Lychen covered rock
Magma Ridge.jpg
Magma Ridge
Opuntia leuchotricha x streptacantha1.jpg
Opuntia leuchotricha x streptacantha
Opuntia leuchotricha x streptacantha2.jpg
Opuntia leuchotricha x streptacantha
Opuntia robusta.jpg
Opuntia robusta
Opuntia scheerii.jpg
Opuntia scheerii
Opuntia schickendantzii.jpg
Opuntia schickendantzii
Opuntia.jpg
Opuntia
Opuntia2.jpg
Opuntia
Pachycereus marginatus.jpg
Pachycereus marginatus
Pachycereus pringleii.jpg
Pachycereus pringleii
Pachycereus schottii monstrose 'Totem Pole'.jpg
Pachycereus schottii monstrose 'Totem Pole'
Pachycereus schottii.jpg
Pachycereus schottii
Pachycereus schottii2.jpg
Pachycereus schottii
Reed Pond.jpg
Reed Pond
Stenocereus alamosensis04.jpg
Stenocereus alamosensis
Stenocereus stellatus.jpg
Stenocereus stellatus
Variegated Agave.jpg
Variegated Agave
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