News & Events at Mission Garden

Elisabeth Geel at Mission Garden

Elisabeth Geel at Mission Garden

Bottle gourds and dipper gourds:    $3 each
Bag of quinces:                                        $5
Bag of culinary sage:                             $3

Saturday, October 12, 7 – 9 p.m.
Concert Under the Moon, Elisabeth Geel concert benefiting Mission Garden
The concert is at a beautiful private residence in northeast Tucson. Singer-songwriter Elisabeth Geel will present her original songs and a selection of international standards. She will be joined by some of the best musicians in Tucson. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Mission Garden. Suggested donation $25. RSVP to, she will email directions to the concert to the first 100 people to RSVP. Please include your name, contact information and how many people will be coming.

Membrillo Fest

Membrillo Fest

Saturday, October 19, 3 – 5 p.m.
Membrillo Fest
Mission Garden’s quinces (membrillos, in Spanish) ripen in October. Join us for one of our biggest festivals of the year! First, if you are not familiar with quinces, you can see the trees laden with fruit at the garden.
3:00 p.m. Jesus Garcia talks about the history and horticulture of quinces.
3:30 p.m. Josefina Lizarraga does a demonstration of making cajeta de membrillo (sweet quince paste) in the Event Ramada.
3:30 p.m. Lydia Grijalva does a salsa tasting with her spicy homemade quince salsa.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music by Tradiciones
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Buy quinces, quince trees, cajeta de membrillo, our famous Membrillo Fest T-shirt, and much more.
Please join us!

Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. – noon
Mission Garden Tortilla Tasting
Carlos Figueroa of Maiz Tucson is taking Pima 60-day corn grown at Mission Garden and making masa (dough for tortillas). The process includes making nixtamal and running it through his mill. He will bring the masa to Mission Garden at 10 a.m. October 26 and make tortillas on Mission Garden’s comal (traditional grill). Come sample warm corn tortillas made from corn that grew at Mission Garden! He will have masas from other kinds of corn to compare. He will explain the whole traditional process of adding lime, cooking and milling the corn! Supplies are limited, so come at 10 a.m. to make sure you get a taste (this is a tasting rather than a sales item).

John Slattery at Mission Garden

John Slattery at Mission Garden

Saturday November 2, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Wild Fermentation, a class by John Slattery
$50.00 ($45.00 for Mission Garden docents). Click button below to sign up.
Fermentation is wild! And, yes, it’s naturally occurring… all around us, and within us. In this workshop, John will be demonstrating and discussing the basics of lacto-fermentation, wild yeast starters, and a step-by-step process to achieve unique, tasty, and healthful combinations from a variety of fruits. There will be several samples for everyone to taste throughout the class. We often forget that fruits are herbs, too. We’ll look at some of the healing properties of fruits as they transform through the process of fermentation. Herbs also have been traditionally utilized in various forms during the fermentation process, such as mugwort, yarrow, hops and many others. We can use a great variety of herbs during the fermentation process for flavor and medicinal properties. Learn to create vibrant, tasty, and healing beverages for personal use or for yourself and your family. Just as kombucha is made with green or black tea, we can use herbal infusions as a base for our fermentations to enhance absorption and assimilation. The possibilities are endless! 

Enter the number of tickets you want on the left, and click the “Buy Now” button.

Wild Fermentation - Adult50.00 USDWild Fermentation--Full price
Wild Fermentation -MG Docent45.00 USDWild Fermentation--Docent discount
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your email address.

Tohono O'odham arts event

Tohono O’odham arts event

Saturday November 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tohono O’odham Artist Fair
Basket makers, carvers, painters, potters, jewelry makers, and more exhibit and sell their wares. There will be demonstrations by some artists. Part of our Art in the Garden series.

Friday November 15, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Farm and Conservation Tour to Patagonia
$110. This educational trip to Patagonia will include stops at Deep Dirt Farm, Borderlands Restoration Network, and the Wildlife Corridors project at Three Canyons Ranch.
**Deep Dirt Farm Institute was created in 2011 with the aim to inspire and educate individuals and their communities in living in resilient and regenerative ways. The laboratory for the work is a 34-acre property in Patagonia, Arizona dedicated to demonstrating and teaching permaculture approaches to restoring land, communities, and people.
**The non-profit Wildlife Corridors is preserving and creating wildlife corridors, including at Three Canyons Ranch (formerly slated for a 189-lot high-density housing development). **Borderlands Restoration Network, a project conceived by Gary Nabhan, is “working to build a regional restoration-based economy in which diverse, fulfilling livelihoods support the restoration of thriving natural ecosystems and build prosperous, vibrant, healthy communities in the US – Mexico borderlands.” Lunch will be provided by Excellent Catering. Transportation will be provided by Mission Garden.
7:45 a.m.      Meet at Mission Garden
8:00 a.m.     Depart for Patagonia
Tour of Deep Dirt Farm
Noon             Lunch by Excellent Catering of Patagonia
Tour of Three Canyons Wildlife Corridor
Tour of Borderlands Restoration
6:00 p.m.     Arrive back in Tucson

Saturday December 7, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Harvesting and Processing Acorns, a class by John Slattery
More information to come.

Saturday December 14, 9 a.m. – noon
Make Holiday Ornaments from Mission Garden Products
Mission Garden experts will help you and your kids convert Mission Garden products like devil’s claws, gourds and okra pods into decorations!

Solstice Breakfast

Solstice Breakfast

Saturday December 21, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Winter Solstice Sunrise Observation and Solar Cookout, with Solar Guild and Citizens for Solar
Join us to watch as the sun rises at 7:20 a.m., and its most southerly point along the eastern horizon. Celebrate that the days will begin to get longer and that spring will come (eventually)! Eat breakfast with us (potluck items encouraged). Later in the morning, as the sun gets higher, we will begin to cook some more food, inspired by our garden, in solar ovens! Mission Garden volunteers with solar ovens (including the garden’s own large solar oven) will be joined by members of the Solar Guild and Citizens for Solar. It’s a cookout!


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

(April – September, 8 a.m. – noon)

Tai Chi in the Garden
Saturdays 8 – 9 a.m. (except October 12)
Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan gives classes in the garden every Saturday.

Birding in the Garden
Second Thursday of each month, 8 – 10 a.m.

Wander the garden in search of birds with Kendall Kroesen, Mission Garden Community Outreach Coordinator and Tucson Audubon Field Trip Leader.
Next date: October 10, 8 a.m.

Herbalist in the Garden
FIRST Saturday of each month, 9 – 11 a.m.
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.
November 2, 9 – 11 a.m., herbalist from the Tucson Herbalist Collective

Mano and metate

Mano and metate

Hands-on Archaeology
Fourth Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. – noon 

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.
Next date: September 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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