News & Events at Mission Garden


Here is how to get to Mission Garden during El Tour de Tucson, this Saturday. You can get El Tour information here and an zoomable route map here.

If you are coming from inside the El Tour loop (a large area of mid-town with extensions southeast and northwest), you will have to cross the El Tour route at some point (because Mission Garden is outside the loop). The surest way to cross the loop is to go south from mid-town on Campbell (Kino Parkway). The El Tour route goes southeast on Aviation Parkway, and Kino Parkway goes over that over a bridge, with no stoppages at all. Don’t go west on 22nd St, because that’s part of the bike route. Go south to 29th St, then west on 29th (becomes Silverlake). Then north on Mission Road which becomes Grande Road (bear left as you pass at Starr Pass Rd to get on Grande), to the garden.

In southern Marana, from Twin Peaks Road, the El Tour route goes south on Silverlake to Sunset, east on Sunset, and then takes the I-10 frontage road all the way south to 22nd St. If you want to come west from mid-town on El Camino del Cerro, Grant, Speedway, St. Mary’s, Congress or Cushing, you will cross the frontage road. Those roads should all be open but after approximately 10:00 a.m. (maybe a little later) riders will be passing on the frontage road and there will be delays until there’s a break in the cyclists and they wave cars through.

If you live on the west side south of Sunset, just take Silverbell south. If you live on the south side of Tucson south of 22nd St and/or Aviation Parkway, or on the southwest side of Tucson, you should have no problem.

You will have to cross the route twice if you live on the east side east of Houghton, northeast side north of Snyder, in the Foothills north of Sunrise or Ina, northwest side of Tucson (e.g., Oro Valley) north of Magee and east of Thornydale, or the far northeast north of Moore Rd including Dove Mtn. Check the El Tour website/map for options.


Mission Garden Open to Public
Wednesday – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(April – September, Wednesdays – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon)

Kendall Kroesen (Dena Cowan)

Kendall Kroesen (Dena Cowan)

Birding in the Garden (second Thursday of each month)
Wander the garden in search of birds with Kendall Kroesen, Mission Garden Community Outreach Coordinator and Tucson Audubon Field Trip Leader.
November 8, 8 a.m.
December 13, 8 a.m.

Tai Chi in the Garden
Thursday and Saturdays at 8 – 9 a.m.

Teachers from Wind River Tai Chi Chuan give Tai Chi classes in the garden every Thursday and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Herbalist in the Garden (third Saturday of each month)
An expert from the Tucson Herbalist Collective will be at the garden to answer questions about the Mission Garden’s herb gardens, and the traditional uses of herbs.
November 17, 9 – 11 a.m.
December 15, 9 – 11 a.m.


November 24 -26
Río Sonora Heritage TourTRIP NOW FULL, CALL (520) 955-5200 TO BE ON ON WAITING LIST
We are offering another of Mission Garden’s very successful Mexico trips, which combine wonderful sights, fascinating history and culture, and good food. This time travel with us to the beautiful Rio Sonora Valley. More information, including trip itinerary and registration, is available on our International Trips page. Also read this Tour flyer and/or contact Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or
$750 for single occupancy; $100 extra for single supplement.

Teparies & mesquite, by Jesus Garcia

Teparies & mesquite, by Jesus Garcia

Saturday December 1, 9 am – noon
Cooking Holiday Treats with Teparies and Mesquites
Tepary and mesquite beans were a major part of the Native America diet. Join us at Mission Garden to learn how to use these ancient foods in both savory and holiday baked goods. We will cover nutritional value of these foods, where to collect or purchase them, and their natural history. Includes lunch.
This class will be taught by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at Mission Garden. Sign up here (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum).

Saturday December 15, 9 a.m. – noon
Christmas Tree Ornaments in the Garden
Learn to make Christmas tree ornaments from garden products like dried devil’s claw pods (reindeer) and painted dipper gourds.

Saturday February 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pruning, Propagation and Grafting Workshop
Lfearn from expert Jesus Gardcia how to prune deciduous fruit trees like pomegranate, fig and quince, and grape vines, and grow new trees from the cuttings. This year’s workshop will include information on grafting as well. $50.

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or (520) 955-5200