News & Events at Mission Garden


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

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Wednesday December 26, 2018 & Wednesday January 2, 2019.
(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.
December 13, 8 a.m.

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

Teachers from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan give Tai Chi classes in the garden every Thursday and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Moore Medicinal Garden

Moore Medicinal Garden

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.
November 17, 9 – 11 a.m.
December 15, 9 – 11 a.m.


Teparies & mesquite, by Jesus Garcia

Teparies & mesquite (photo by Jesus Garcia)

Saturday December 1, 9 am – noon
Cooking Holiday Treats with Teparies and Mesquites
Tepary and mesquite beans were a major part of the Native America diet. Join us at Mission Garden to learn how to use these ancient foods in both savory and holiday baked goods. Sonya Norman of the Desert Museum will cover nutritional value of these foods, where to collect or purchase them, and their natural history. Includes lunch. This class will be taught by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at Mission Garden. Sign up here (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum).

Saturday December 15, 9 a.m. – noon
Christmas Tree Ornaments in the Garden
Learn to make Christmas tree ornaments from garden products like dried devil’s claw pods (reindeer), okra pods and painted dipper gourds.

Saturday February 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pruning, Propagation and Grafting Workshop
Learn from expert Jesus Garcia how to prune deciduous fruit trees like pomegranate, fig and quince, and grape vines, and grow new trees from the cuttings. This year’s workshop will include information on grafting as well. $50.

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