The University of Arizona: Old Main, New Directions in Desert Landscaping

The University of Arizona’s beloved and iconic Old Main encapsulates the larger campus history of landscape evolution and innovation. Since the campus grounds have been used as a living laboratory, over time plant selection, design preferences, and landscape management practices have evolved increasingly toward a model of sustainability for urban deserts.

As part of the 20th anniversary of Campus Arboretum service to the university, we invite you to learn about old and new ideas and envision the resilience possible in the next 20 years!


Tours start at the University of Arizona Memorial Fountain, west of Old Main at 9:30 am and last 60-90 minutes. Campus visitor parking is available and free on most weekends.

For more information or to confirm your attendance (RSVP) email Hank Verbais, Campus Arboretum Tour Coordinator at

A campus map can be found at:

  • Audience: Adult, Teen, Youth
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Field Trip/Outdoor Activity, Tour/Walk


Apr 09 2023


9:30 am - 11:00 am



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The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
1140 E. South Campus Dr., Tucson, AZ, 85721


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