News & Events at Mission Garden


Mission Garden Open to Public
Wednesday – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(April – September, Wednesdays – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon)

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Birding in the Garden
Second Thursday of each month

Wander the garden in search of birds with Kendall Kroesen, Mission Garden Community Outreach Coordinator and Tucson Audubon Field Trip Leader.
February 14, 8 a.m.
March 14, 8 a.m.

Tai Chi in the Garden
Saturdays at 8 – 9 a.m.

Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan give Tai Chi classes in the garden every Saturday at 8 a.m. (except Jan 12 is at 1 p.m.).
January 19, 8 a.m.
January 26, 8 a.m.

Herbalist in the Garden
Third Saturday of each month
An expert from the Tucson Herbalist Collective will be at the garden to answer questions about the Mission Garden’s herb gardens, and the traditional uses of herbs.
January 19, 9 – 11 a.m.
February 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
March 16, 9 – 11 a.m.


Saturday January 26, 10 a.m. – noon
Marmalade Demonstration
Joseph Cowan, assisted by his daughter Dena Cowan (our Garden Supervisor), will be making marmalade from our sour (but juicy!) Seville oranges. Visit our kitchen and learn how it’s done.

Saturday February 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pruning, Propagation and Grafting Workshop
Learn from expert Jesús García how to prune deciduous fruit trees like pomegranate, fig and quince, and grape vines. Also learn how to prepare cuttings and grow new trees from them! This year’s workshop will include information on “air-grafting” as well. $50. To sign up for the class, contact Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or

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or (520) 955-5200