News & Events at Mission Garden


John Slattery at Mission Garden

John Slattery at Mission Garden

Saturday July 27, 8 – 10 a.m.
Herbal Medicine Making, with John Slattery
$50. To sign up, contact Monica at 520-955-5200 or
Join local herbalist and author John Slattery in an exploration of herbal medicine from a bioregionalist’s perspective.
Summer is a fantastic time to be making herbal remedies as plants begin to flourish in response to the summer rains. This class will include hands-on, step-by-step instruction in creating an herbal tincture. Each participant will make a small jar of tincture to bring home. Guidance in applying these herbal remedies will be provided as we discuss applications of various medicinal herbs found throughout the Mission Gardens.
Coming to know the plants and the places in which they grow more intimately, we can begin to have a deeper understanding of how we can apply these medicines in order to maintain well-being and harmonize with our local environment. We’ll explore additional topics such as plant energetics, introducing native plants to your home landscape, and the ethics of gathering medicinal plants from the wild.
No prior knowledge of herbal medicine is necessary to attend this class. All levels of experience are welcome. All materials will be provided.


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 (now on Thursday as well as Saturday!)
Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 – 9 a.m.
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., except July, resumes August 8

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.
(No bird walk in July)
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 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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