News & Events at Mission Garden


Come have dinner with us!

Saturday August 31, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
A Taste of Mission Garden: Monsoon Harvest Dinner
$60. Ramada Inn Tucson, 777 West Cushing Street
Join renowned local chef, Wendy Garcia of Tumerico, in a culinary exploration of Tucson’s unique heritage foods prepared from Mission Garden’s Sonoran Desert adapted orchards and vegetable gardens. Learn about the over 4,000 years of continuous agricultural cultivation along the Santa Cruz River floodplain and the region’s ecological and cultural history presented by Jesús García, Founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project and Conservation Research and Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Enjoy musical entertainment by Tucson’s own multi-award winning classical guitarist, Dr. Eduardo M. Costa. Jamaica and mint teas will be available as well as a full cash bar, coffee from Exo Roast, rolls from Barrio Bread, and fig empanadas made with Mission Garden’s figs by La Estrella Bakery. See event flyer. $60 ($35 is tax deductible). Tickets are limited.

Adult60.00 USD
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
NOTE: PayPal account not required.


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

(October – March, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

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

Abert's towhee at Mission Garden

Abert’s towhee at Mission Garden

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.
August 8, 7 a.m.
September 12, 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.
September 21, 8 – 10 a.m., herbalist from the Tucson Herbalist Collective

Mano and metate

Mano and metate

Hands-on Archaeology
Fourth Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Suspended for summer; resumes in September

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.
September 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

September 2019
Pomegranate Month!
Stay tuned for more about this month-long celebration of all things pomegranate.

October 19, 2019
Membrillo Fest
The quinces are ripe in October. Put October 19 on your calendar Yum!

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