News & Events at Mission Garden

RECURRING EVENTS

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

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

Tai Chi in the Garden
Saturdays at 8 – 9 a.m.
Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan gives classes in the garden every Saturday at 8 a.m.
February 2, 8 a.m., February 9, 8 a.m., February 16, 8 a.m….

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….

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.
February 16, 9 – 11 a.m., March 16, 9 – 11 a.m….

Mano and metate

Mano and metate

Traditional Technologies in the Garden
Fourth Saturday of each month

Preservation Archaeologist Allen Denoyer gives visitors hands-on experiences with the kinds of ancient technologies archaeologists find evidence of in local excavations. These include atlatls, groundstone, “flintknapped” stone tools, and much more.
February 23, 9 a.m.—1 p.m., ground stone/pendants
March 23, 9 a.m.—1 p.m., flintknapping

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Cottonwood

Cottonwood

Saturday March 2, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. FREE PRESENTATION
Artist as Scientist – Scientist as Artist
Art as a Way of Knowing the Ecology of Mission Garden
Before photography, botanists, ecologists and naturalists gained local ecological knowledge of the Tucson Basin through observation, sensory exploration and “thinking out-loud in pictures” – drawing and painting. Ecologist and artist, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, offers a 20-minute presentation on Art as a Way of Knowing the Ecology of Place and then provides a demonstration in the Garden. This presentation is free and no registration is required. Consider taking her full course on March 12 (see below).

Soap ingredients

Soap ingredients

Saturday March 2, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00 a.m.
Soap that Smells like Mission Garden
Registration Fee: $40 per person. Pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants. In this two-hours class at Mission Garden taught by Deanna Lewis, you will learn to make soap and infuse it with natural scents! Deanna has been a soap-maker for 20 years and has taught soap-making classes locally and internationally. She uses essential oils, food grade oils and local botanicals to create colors and textures that’ll make you swoon. For this workshop Deanna focuses on the seasonality of citrus and will utilize the citrus grown at Mission Gardens.
Registration and payment can be made by clicking here:

SoapWorkshop40.00 USDSoap Workshop
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment

Or register by contacting Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com, and send a check to Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, PO Box 1228, Tucson, AZ 85702-1228.

Cottonwood

Cottonwood

Tuesday March 12, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Artist as Scientist – Scientist as Artist
Art as a Way of Knowing the Ecology of Mission Garden
Registration Fee: $50 per person. Pre-registration required. Limited to 12 participants. Before photography, botanists, ecologists and naturalists gained local ecological knowledge of the Tucson Basin through observation, sensory exploration and “thinking out-loud in pictures” – drawing and painting. Ecologist and artist, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, offers a comprehensive 3-hour class on Art as a Way of Knowing the Ecology of Place. There are no requirements for art skills or art experience to participate. For more information on the class, see this flyer.
Registration and payment can be made by clicking here:

ArtWorkshop50.00 USDArt as a way of knowing
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment
Or register by contacting Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com, and send a check to Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, PO Box 1228, Tucson, AZ 85702-1228.

Saturday March 30, 2019, 9 a.m. – noon
Using Mission Garden Herbs: Infusions, Tinctures and Salves
Registration fee: $45 per person. More information and registration link coming soon.
Join herbalists Pam Hyde-Nakai and Donna Chesner on March 30 for a hands-on workshop using medicinal plants growing in Mission Garden. Donna and Pam will demonstrate an infusion, a fresh plant tincture, and a salve. Participants will leave with an understanding of simple, effective plant medicine making, as well as samples of the products created in the class demonstrations. Calendula and California poppy are blooming and thriving this spring, and we’ll get to know these wonderful, and easy to grow, plant allies. There will no doubt be some surprises popping up as well!
Pam Hyde-Nakai and Donna Chesner are practicing herbalists and educators in the field of contemporary botanical medicine, with special interested on Southwest medicinal plants. Donna has helped Mission Garden develop the Moore Medicinal Herb Garden, named after ground-breaking herbalist Michael Moore.

Saturday April 6, 2019, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cholla Buds and Nopalitos con Mole: A Harvesting and Cooking Workshop at Mission Garden
Celebrate Tucson’s City of Gastronomy and our new Mission Garden kitchen! Join us for a fun morning of on-site harvesting wild cholla cactus flower buds and young prickly pear pads for culinary ideas with moles (traditional Mexican sauces)!  Learn about traditional ways, natural history, important nutrition of each ingredient, while enjoying an amazing diversity of flavors. Find out how to adapt these ancient and historical culinary arts into your own nouvelle kitchen. Fee covers learning materials and tools, two instructors–molera Amy Valdes Schwemm and ethnobotanist Martha Ames Burgess–and a little feast of gastronomic delights. Wear hat and sturdy clothes for harvesting and cooking. $50. Sixteen participants only. Registration and payment can be made by clicking here:

ChollaWorkshop50.00 USDCholla bud workshop
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment
Or register by contacting Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com, and send a check to Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, PO Box 1228, Tucson, AZ 85702-1228.

April 23, 25 & 27, 2019
Agave Heritage Festival Events at Mission Garden
Learn about the crucial role of agave in our southern Arizona agricultural heritage. Learn to extract fiber from the leaves and make things from it. Taste agave fresh from the oven… and much more!

May 18, 2019, 8 – 11 a.m.–TENTATIVE DATE/TIME
San Ysidro Festival
The historic festival of San Ysidro is recreated at Mission Garden including a procession, music, wheat harvest, threshing, winnowing and milling, and the signature dish of the festival: pozole de trigo.

August 21, 2019–TENTATIVE DATE
Tucson’s Birthday at Tucson’s Birthplace
Help us celebrate all that Tucson was and is at its birthplace.

September 21, 2019–TENTATIVE DATE
Pomegranate Festival
Help celebrate our harvest of white pomegranate. What’s a white pomegranate? Come see and taste!

October 19, 2019
Membrillo Fest
The quinces are ripe in October. Yum!

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