News & Events at Mission Garden

 RECURRING EVENTS

Mission Garden Open to Public
Saturdays 8 a.m. – Noon
(Starting in October 2018, hours will be Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Kendall Kroesen (Dena Cowan)

Kendall Kroesen (Dena Cowan)

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.
October 11, 7 a.m.
November 8, 8 a.m.
December 13, 8 a.m.

Tai Chi in the Garden
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m., starting Sept. 19

Jason Hunford, of Wind River Tai Chi Chuan, will give Tai Chi classes in the garden every Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. $10 per class (cash or check).

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.
September 15, 8 – 10 a.m.
(September 22, Dedication of Michael Moore Medicinal Herb Garden–see below)
October 20, 8 – 10 a.m.
November 17, 8 – 10 a.m.
December 15, 8 – 10 a.m.

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Donna Chesner herb tour (Dena Cowan)

Donna Chesner herb tour
(Dena Cowan)

September 22, 8 – 10 a.m.
Dedication of the Michael Moore Medicinal Herb Garden
Herbalists and gardeners will be on hand to talk about native Southwest herbs in Mission Garden, their uses throughout history, and the legacy of Michael Moore. Four members of the Tucson Herbalist Collective, including Donna Chesner and Martha Burgess, will have herb demonstrations and explain the uses of plants in the garden. John Slattery, author of Southwest Foraging, will sign books.

September 29, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Tomato Workshop: Growing Tomatoes and Saving the Seeds!
Get some helpful tips and tricks to have a successful fall/spring harvest from your tomato plants. Our partners at Native Seeds/SEARCH will go over how to select varieties, start tomato seeds, transplant starts with more success, and how to keep tomato plants around for more than one season. This workshop will also include a hands-on tomato seed saving demonstration so that you can get the most out of your crop. This will not only help home gardeners, it will also help Mission Garden save seed from the Punta Banda tomato crop for next year! This workshop is a partnership with Native Seeds/SEARCH. $15.  Please register at the Native Seeds website

September 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Borderlands Restoration Network Event at Mission Garden
Join Borderlands Restoration Network, a nonprofit dedicated to building a regional restoration-based economy in the Arizona/Sonora borderlands, for an evening with author and famed ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan. Copies of Gary’s newly released book Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Lands & Communities will be available for purchase and signing. There will be food, drinks and music under the Tucson evening sky. Suggested donation of $20 at the door. R.S.V.P. requested by September 19th: info@BorderlandsRestoration.org or (520) 216–4148. More information on this Event Flier.

October 2018
Mission Garden announces new hours starting October 3:
Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

October 6, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mission Garden is Growing: Celebrate New Hours and Fall Events at Tucson’s Birthplace
Join us for this celebration of new hours and new opportunities in the garden. Music, snacks and launch of Mission Garden exploration app called Agents of Discovery. Download Agents of Discovery at the App Store. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about where Mission Garden is going and our busy fall schedule.

October 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pomegranate Festival
The Pomegranate Festival moves around each year, and this year it’s at the Skull Valley Community Center, 3150 Old Skull Valley Rd., in Skull Valley, Arizona (west of Prescott). Attend this great event and celebrate the diverse and wonderful pomegranate. Mission Garden staff and board members will attend. Consider carpooling. For more information consult this flyer or contact Rafael de Granade, at rdegrenade@gmail.com.

Membrillo Fest poster

Membrillo Fest poster

October 21, 3 – 5 p.m.
(The date for this event has changed from Sat. 10/27 to Sun. 10/21)
Membrillo Fest
Join us again this year for our festival about all things quince! Membrillo Fest celebrates the return to our cuisine of this wonderful fruit! Fun for the whole family! There will be quince fruit and quince trees for sale. There will be demonstrations of how to make products like quince paste (cajeta de membrillo).

October 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (repeats November 17, 9 – 11 a.m.)
Rainwater Harvesting Class at Mission Gardens
Join Watershed Management Group to learn about rainwater harvesting, why it is important to our local environment, how to use the Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program, and learn about our Limited Income Grant & Loan program. This FREE class is required to apply for the Tucson Water Rebate, and is also required to apply for Watershed Management Group’s Limited Income Grant & Loan program. Here is the registration link for this class at Watershed Management Group: https://watershedmg.org/event/rainwater-harvesting-class-limited-income-program-info-session.

November 3, 9 am – 2 pm
Celebrating the Arts at Mission Garden
Ten or more Tohono O’odham artists will show their wares in the garden. Artists include basketmakers, potters, jewelry makers, painters and carvers. Rhonda Wilson will have baskets made with devil’s claw from Mission Garden! If you missed the artist fair at Topawa on September 15, our event will include many of the same artists. Come and enjoy!

Rio Sonora Panorama, by Bill Steen

Rio Sonora Panorama, by Bill Steen

November 24 -26
Río Sonora Heritage TourTRIP NOW FULL, CALL (520) 955-5200 TO BE ON ON WAITING LIST
We are offering another of Mission Garden’s very successful Mexico trips, which combine wonderful sights, fascinating history and culture, and good food. This time travel with us to the beautiful Rio Sonora Valley. More information, including trip itinerary and registration, is available on our International Trips page. Also read this Tour flyer and/or contact Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or missiongarden.tucson@gmail.com.
$750 for single occupancy
$100 extra for single supplement, availability is limited–call 520-955-5200 to confirm availability.
To register for the trip, download the tour registration form and waiver, print it out and send it to the address on the form. To pay for the trip, send in a check with your registration form or pay by clicking below.

Rio Sonora Trip: $750
Single Supplement: $100



November 17, 9 – 11 a.m.
Rainwater Harvesting Class at Mission Gardens
Join Watershed Management Group to learn about rainwater harvesting, why it is important to our local environment, how to use the Tucson Water Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program, and learn about our Limited Income Grant & Loan program. This FREE class is required to apply for the Tucson Water Rebate, and is also required to apply for Watershed Management Group’s Limited Income Grant & Loan program. Here is the registration link for this class at the Watershed Management group: https://watershedmg.org/event/rainwater-harvesting-class-wmgs-grant-loan-program-info-session-0.

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. We 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).

Devil's claw reindeer

Devil’s claw reindeer

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) and painted dipper gourds.

 

 

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