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You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.

Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wild Flowers in the Desert?

Many people picture sand dunes, tumbleweeds, and dry washes when they think of the desert. The desert can be dry and sparse, although the look changes when springtime brings vegetation to the desert. When the winter rains are over, the desert comes alive with its own unique beauty and wildflowers. Yes, there are flowers in the desert. You may not find daffodils or lilacs growing wild here, but desert wildflowers are bright and beautiful.

The best time to see wildflowers in the Arizona deserts is in March and early April. Of course, the number of wildflowers to be seen depends greatly on the amount of rain that the area gets the previous winter, so check the wildflower reports to see where the best flowers are. Even during a dry year, you can always visit the Arboretum for a good dose of desert color.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a stream side forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

Mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson founded the Arboretum in the 1920s. In 1917 Col. Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia, where he came to understand the importance of plants as the ultimate source of a large portion of mankind's food, clothing, and shelter. It was then, that he determined to use his great wealth to improve the use of plant resources. The Arboretum is one of his legacies. The Arboretum is located 55 miles east of Phoenix in Superior, AZ. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera.

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