Optional Tours

Optional Tours Offer a Chance to Explore Arizona

Hopefully by now you know that the Sonoran Desert isn’t just rocks, sand and a lot of hot air.  It’s an amazing landscape full of life that thrives in extreme conditions.  To make sure that you are able to see as much of it as possible during the 2013 APGA Conference we’ve put together some exciting full and half-day tours.


One of the full day tours is to southern Arizona and includes a visit to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a wonderful zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden where you can experience the animals, culture and plants that are an intricate part of our desert life.  The same tour includes time in the Saguaro National Monument – an enormous forest of saguaros.  Not one, not ten, but thousands upon thousands of saguaros – as far as the eye can see. 

Another day tour, also in southern Arizona, includes stops at Tohono Chul Park, where nature, art and culture come together and Tucson Botanical Gardens, home to 16 gardens representing a variety of gardening traditions and botanical themes. 

We are offering a number of half-day tours that provide additional ways to explore the Phoenix metro area.  The Wallace Garden tour is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a private collection of desert plants from around the world.  It features interpretation of the plants, their ecological importance and the relationships they share with their environment. The highlight of this tour is the 6,000 square foot, climate cactus pavilion, boojum tree forest and world-renowned collection of Ephedra

In addition, there will be a half-day visit to The Heard Museum. Founded in 1939, the museum is dedicated to educating people about the arts, heritage, and life ways of indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indians.  Other tours include visits to beautiful private gardens in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley as well as a tour of Phoenix’s urban farms.


More details about the tours will be included in the 2013 APGA Conference materials that you will receive in the new year.