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Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants. We are a non-profit volunteer-based educational organization. Our primary mission is to preserve, transmit and revive the region’s rich agricultural heritage by growing garden plots representative of more than 4000 years of continuous cultivation in the Tucson Basin.

Open Saturdays:
April through November 8 am to 12 pm
December through March 10 am to 2 pm

See photos of Mission Garden work and volunteers hereFor guided tours call 520-955-5200 and leave message or email missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com.


Quince tree

Quince in the Spanish orchard

January 20, 9 a.m. – noon
Fruit Tree Propagation Workshop
Our renowned propagation workshop teaches you ancient techniques for pruning fruit trees and rooting the cuttings to grow more trees. Garden board member and heritage fruit tree expert Jesús García will lead this workshop that will introduce you to knowledge with deep historical roots about traditional orchards and how they were managed. You will take home cuttings and instruction that will allow you to grow a new fig, pomegranate or quince tree.
$50 per person / maximum enrollment 30 people. To sign up for workshop, write to missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com, or pay $50 with PayPal (above) and in the comments section note that it is for the “propagation workshop.”


Welcome, New York Times Readers!

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Tucson was featured on the front page of the New York Times in celebration of our designation as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World City of Gastronomy. Mission Garden and FOTB played an essential role in gaining our home town that prestigious title, so we got both a photo and a nice nod in the article by Kim Severson.

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Mission Garden contains orchards and vegetable gardens representing Tucson’s 4,000 years of agricultural history. Credit Chris Hinkle for The New York Times

Not far from downtown, a nonprofit group is recreating a Spanish colonial walled garden like the ones Father Kino built. The Mission Garden project is a history lesson on four acres, tracing agricultural practices that began on the site with the Hohokam and Tohono O’odham tribes.


USA Today

“Chasing the sources in Tucson’s budding food scene,” by Ashley Day (August 19, 2016).

The Guardian

“Tucson, Arizona, cultivates its foodie reputation – with a nod from UNESCO,” by Kate Eshelby (July 17, 2016).