News & Events at Mission Garden

Radishes and more

Radishes and more

Produce on sale Saturday December 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This Saturday we’ll be selling some of our winter fruit, vegetables and herbs:
green onion
acelgas (like chard)
peppers, parsely mint
valencia oranges
Mexican sweet limes
culinary sage
bottle gourds and dipper gourds
We’ll also have hot chocolate!

(See below for recurring weekly and monthly events!)



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! Every year Mission Garden grows hundreds of devil’s claws, lots of okra and many gourds. Besides this there are components of decorations that can com from citrus and other garden items. There are many historical uses for these things but one fun one is to make ornaments. At this time of year with assemble five of our expert volunteers with glue guns, sparkles, pipe cleaners, and other fun stuff and we make all kinds of ornaments, including Christmas tree ornaments.

Family friendly!

Mesquite pancakes

Mesquite pancakesSaturday December 21, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Solstice Sunrise Breakfast and Solar Cookout, with Solar Guild and Citizens for Solar
Join us to watch as the sun rises at 7:20 a.m. at 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). The Solar Guild solar energy trailer will be on hand to warm breakfast items. Later in the morning, as the sun gets higher (about 10 a.m.), we will begin to cook lunch 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. Bring your own solar oven and dish to cook! 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. (no class on December 28)
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: January 9, 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.
January 4, 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: December 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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