News & Events at Mission Garden

Volunteer at Mission Garden

Volunteer at Mission Garden

REGULAR HOURS / WEEKLY EVENTS

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

(April – September, 8 a.m. – noon)

Tours of Mission Garden
Every Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.
This 45-minute tour covers the whole garden, with information on Tucson’s history and about gardening in the Sonoran Desert.

Tai Chi in the Garden ($10, but first class is free. Includes suggested donation to the garden.)
Saturdays 8 – 9 a.m. (Temperatures under 50 degrees at 8 a.m. cancel class)
Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan gives classes in the garden every Saturday.

Produce Sale in the Garden
Every other Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (or as long as it lasts)
Upcoming dates: January 4, January 18, February 1, February 15, February 29, March 14, March 28.
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(Unless otherwise noted, events are free with suggested $5 at the garden gate)

Urban Agave Initiative
January 25, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
We’re collaborating with several partners, including the Agave Heritage Festival, to plant 24 new agaves at the garden! Come watch… or help! The agaves will support local bat populations.

Hands-on Archaeology
January 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Every fourth Saturday of each month)

Preservation Archaeologist Allen Denoyer, from partner organization Archaeology Southwest, 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.

Herbalist in the Garden
February 1, 9 – 11 a.m. (Every first Saturday of each month)
 
An expert from the Tucson Herbalist Collective will be at the garden to answer questions about the Moore Medicinal Herb Garden and the contemporary uses of traditional Southwest U.S. herbs.

Produce Sale in the Garden
February 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (every other Saturday)
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

Native American Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A variety of Native American vendors will be exhibiting their baskets, gourd art, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and many other kinds of items. Visit the beautiful garden, and see and purchase beautiful art. Food will be available for sale at the garden.

Birding in the Garden
February 13, 8 – 10 a.m.  (Every 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.

Jesus Garcia teaching pruning and propagation

Jesus Garcia teaching pruning and propagation

Pruning and Propagation: Mission Garden’s Annual Fruit Tree Maintenance Class
February 15, 9 a.m. – Noon
In this class expert Jesus Garcia teaches you how to prune fruit trees and gives you information about the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees at Mission Garden. Participants will learn pruning techniques, and will take home cuttings that can be rooted, “propagated,” to grow new trees! $50 ($45 for Mission Garden docents). Jesus is a board member at Mission Garden and is Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Sign up now!

Produce Sale in the Garden
February 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (every other Saturday)
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

Hands-on Archaeology
February 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Every fourth Saturday of each month)

Preservation Archaeologist Allen Denoyer, from partner organization Archaeology Southwest, 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.

Traditional Native American Ceramics Class
February 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$50 ($45 for Mission Garden docents). Native American pottery maker Harrison Preston will teach this class on traditional pottery techniques. He will bring native clay, gathered from traditional locations in southern Arizona. Participants will get to experiment with this special clay, under Harrison’s guidance, and make their own objects. He will teach one traditional kind of ceramic object, and you can make another free-form object. Beginning potters are welcome! When you take a break to let your objects dry, Harrison will use the garden’s underground roasting pit to demonstrate how to fire pots (ones he’s made earlier). You can take your unfired creations home, or you can leave them with Harrison to dry. He will fire them later, when they have dried, and you can pick them up at Mission Garden. Sign up now!

Produce Sale in the Garden
February 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (every other Saturday)
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

Arturo Ramirez gourd rattle

Arturo Ramirez gourd rattle

Traditional Gourd Rattle Class
Saturday, March 7, 10 – noon
$50 ($45 for Mission Garden docents). Arturo Ramirez (Ute and Apache ancestry), assisted by archaeologist Allen Denoyer, will teach a class at Mission Garden about how to make gourd rattles. The rattles are based on ones traditionally made by the Utes. The gourds are of the canteen variety, and the outer skin has been cleaned off. Arturo will provide mesquite branches that participants will cut out for the handles. Arturo has carefully selected gravels that participants will put into the gourds. Acrylic paints will be provided to paint designed on the finished rattles. Sign up now!

Herbalist in the Garden
March 7, 9 – 11 a.m. (Every first Saturday of each month)
 
An expert from the Tucson Herbalist Collective will be at the garden to answer questions about the Moore Medicinal Herb Garden and the contemporary uses of traditional Southwest U.S. herbs.

Birding in the Garden
March 12, 8 – 10 a.m.  (Every 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.

Produce Sale in the Garden
March 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (every other Saturday)
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

Hands-on Archaeology
March 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Every fourth Saturday of each month)

Preservation Archaeologist Allen Denoyer, from partner organization Archaeology Southwest, 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.

Produce Sale in the Garden
March 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (every other Saturday)
Come buy what’s currently being harvested at Mission Garden!

 

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