Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (June 15, 16, 17) will be lively days for anyone traveling along the 101 or 202 freeways because they will witness a parade of trucks, each full of 30-40 tons of plants, barrelling down the highway from Wallace Desert Gardens in north Scottsdale to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. With over 550 large boxed trees, cacti, yuccas, and other succulents already populating our large Picket Post holding area, three days of shipments could actually fill up the remaining space in the main area that we have left.
Of course, we have to stay ahead of it, so we have cleared another adjacent area of nearly the same size and installed an irrigation system, all ready for successive waves of boxed trees as they arrive. With the heat that blesses us in mid-June, hand watering is out of the question–one missed irrigation and a valuable plant that cost as much as $3,000 to dig, containerize, and truck to the Arboretum could be lost in 48 hours. So, as plants are off loaded from the trucks, they are place in the position where they will reside until ready to plant, and emitters installed in each and every box. [Read more…]