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Learn about Plants of the Bible

David Oberpriller, volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, will be speaking to the Rim Area Gardeners Club at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Church of Christ on Tyler Parkway.

His topic is “Plants of the Bible,” and visitors are welcome to attend the meeting.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s Plants of the Bible tour gives guests a chance to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives and other plants referenced in scriptural passages.

Frankincense was one of the three Gifts of the Magi — and visitors have a chance to see this exotic plant when Oberpriller leads the tour on the third Saturday of each month.

Oberpriller’s “POTB” tours are slow-paced and relaxing — a weekend walk down smooth, flat trails that are wheelchair-accessible — a chance to learn about botany, history and scripture, too.     

“The people of the Bible were much closer to nature than we are today and were more aware of the cycles of the seasons, the weather, and the characteristics and use of plants,” said Oberpriller.

“This is reflected in the many passages in the Bible that accurately refer to plants and agriculture.”

There is no additional charge for this guided tour, admission of $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12 must be paid for entrance to the Arboretum.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located about 45 minutes east of Mesa — right near Highway 60 milepost #223.

For more information, call the recorded message line at (520) 689-2811.

Upcoming Plants of the Bible Tours are scheduled for 1:30 p.m., April 3 and April 16.

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