Monthly Meeting – May 2019

The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10:00 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one-hour program.  If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260.


Monday, May 20, 2019 – Sylvia Lee from Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, volunteer historian at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum (BTA) in Superior, will share her passion for its history.  Sylvia enjoys car camping, and wherever she travels, she loves to investigate the history of the area.  When she retired, she was looking for a volunteer job that would take her outdoors, and the arboretum called to her.  She started her volunteer work pulling weeds and plucking dead branches from shrubs.  But she soon began asking questions about the history of the arboretum.  

Colonel William Boyce Thompson was born in Montana, but an interest in mining led him to Superior, AZ, where he purchased the Magma Mine.  By the time he was 40 years old, he was a millionaire and decided to build his home in Superior.  Interested in desert plants, he chose Franklin J. Crider, from the University of Arizona, to establish the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  The arboretum showcases plants from dry areas and deserts around the world, as well as our native Sonoran Desert plants.

Sylvia will be bringing Dr. Bobbi Lancaster’s book about the arboretum, Putting Down Roots.  It sells for $15.00, cash or check.  She also hopes that her own recently published book arrives in time.  An Abundant Arboretum is larger and has color photos; it sells for $20.00.  

Come join us to learn about one of the best places in the state to experience the beauty and peace of nature.  

Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Coming Up Next…..

June 17, 2019 Doug Von Gausig, Mayor of Clarkdale, naturalist and Executive Director of the Verde River Institute. Doug will talk about conservation efforts on the Verde River that includes a discussion of the institute’s Kayak Familiarization Tours, water quality monitoring and photogrammetry, and macroinvertebrate programs.  These programs engage “Citizen Scientists,” school kids, teachers, policy makers, and the general public in the science and conservation of the Verde River’s rich riparian ecosystem. 

There will be no meeting in July, 2019.

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