News & Events at Mission Garden


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

(October – March, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Scott Risano tai chi class

Scott Risano tai chi class

Tai Chi in the Garden
Saturdays at 8 – 9 a.m. (Canceled for May 18; resumes May 25)
Scott Risano from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan gives classes in the garden every Saturday.

Birding in the Garden
Second Thursday of each month, 7 – 9 a.m.

Wander the garden and adjacent “A” Mountain Landfill in search of birds with Kendall Kroesen, Mission Garden Community Outreach Coordinator and Tucson Audubon Field Trip Leader.
June 13, 7 a.m.
(No walk in July)
August 8, 7 a.m.

Herbalist in the Garden
Third Saturday of each month, 8 – 10 a.m.
 (Suspended for summer; resumes in September)
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.
May 18, 8 – 10 a.m., herbalist Raven Bolas

Mano and metate

Mano and metate

Traditional Technologies in the Garden
Fourth Saturday of each month (Suspended for summer; resumes in September)

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.


San Ysidro at Mission Garden

San Ysidro at Mission Garden

May 18, 2019, 8 a.m. – noon
San Ysidro Festival
Join us to bring back to life the traditional and historic San Ysidro wheat harvest festival in Tucson. Watch the procession, enjoy the music, and help us harvest, thresh, winnow, and mill white Sonora wheat, one of the first varieties of wheat brought to the New World. Sample the feast dish for this traditional event, pozole de trigo. Bring your friends to this family-friendly event. Free!
8:30 a.m. Procession
9:00 a.m. Tohono O’odham four directions blessing by San Xavier District Chairman Austin Nunez
9:30 a.m. Lion Dancers from the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
10:00 a.m. Music by Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, sponsored by the Pima County Public Library–Nuestras Raices and Many Nations teams
11:00 a.m. Presentation on Sonoran wheat culture by Jesus Garcia from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Event Ramada)

White Sonora Wheat ready for harvest

Throughout the morning:
* Traditional dance performances by Santa Rosa Basket Dancers
* Wheat harvest with traditional hand-help tools, threshing by Amy Star’s specially trained horses, and winnowing with traditional tools
* Visitors can try their hand at milling wheat with the old millstone (tahona)
* Tasting of Sonoran pozole de trigo (pozole soup with wheat instead of hominy)

UA Center for Regional Food Studies
Barrio Bread
Menlo Park Neighborhood Association
Pima County Public Library – Nuestras Raices and Many Nations teams)
Raul Ramirez
The Architecture Company


Sunday May 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Don Guerra Bread Class: Bread Making 101
THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. Don Guerra of Barrio Bread will guide participants through the basics of bread baking fermentation and the use of local wheat. The five hour session will introduce participants to the anatomy of the wheat plant and grinding of wheat berries into flour. Then participants will explore mixing, kneading, and baking the bread in a cast iron pot to produce a crusty and flavorful loaf. Part discussion and part hands on, this class will have participants baking and sharing their new bread skills with friends and family. (Limited to 20 participants). Cost is $155 with proceeds being donated to Mission Garden. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Sign-up link here.

California leaf-nosed bat eating a caterpillar, by Chuck Graf

California leaf-nosed bat eating a caterpillar at the garden, by Chuck Graf

Saturday June 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bat Night at Mission Garden
No, not baseball bats. Flying bats! After we all go home from Mission Garden, bats take over! Bat expert Debbie Buecher has identified at least five species of bats that are using Mission Garden, either to catch insects or to drink from our new acequia (canal). On June 15 we will have Mission Garden’s first Bat Night. There will be a presentation by Debbie Buecher, including live animals! Then Debbie will get out her night-vision goggles and bat detector and we’ll look and listen for bats using the garden and the acequia. Mission Garden will open at 6:30 p.m. so you can enjoy the garden in the last of the daylight, then the bat program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by adults at all times for nighttime safety and to keep noise down so we don’t scare the bats. Please join us! Event free (donations encouraged). Bring a flashlight!

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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