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Coordinates: 33°16′45″N 111°9′30″W / 33.27917°N 111.15833°W / 33.27917; -111.15833

A tree in the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is an Arizona state park located in Superior, Arizona near Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. It consists of a 323-acre (1.31 km2) botanical collection that includes a wide range of habitats and a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) main loop walking trail. Founded in 1925, the arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is jointly managed by the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Inc., a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State Parks.

Drs. Frank S. Crosswhite and Carol Diane Crosswhite served as the Arboretum's Curator of Botany and Zoology, respectively, for more than 30 years. Both had their Ph.D.s from the University of Wisconsin, and they greatly expanded the Arboretum's programs, developed its popular plant sales, and created innovative educational displays, often concerning native plants used by indigenous peoples of the area. Guided tours on the Arboretum's extensive trails are featured.

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