News & Events at Mission Garden

Volunteer at Mission Garden

Volunteer at Mission Garden

Mission Garden is cautiously restarting some activities. Enjoy our beautiful and healthy outdoor setting. Visit Pima County Health Department COVID-19 page for details on staying safe and please wear a mask in the garden. Statement on Mission Garden’s COVID-19 measures.

Unless otherwise noted, events are free with suggested $5 donation at the garden gate.

Mission Garden Open to Public
April – September, Wednesday – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

(October – March , 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.)


Monsoon plant sale… CONTINUES
We have some vegetable starts, fruit trees and native plants left over from our plant sale on July 17-18. We will continue to sell them while they last during our normal yours, Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon.

Mission Garden Shop (open whenever the garden is open)
Our shop carries a range of books on history and gardening, Mission Garden shirts, hats, masks and a variety of other products. We now also feature fertilizer, compost and mulch from Tank’s Green Stuff.


Tours of Mission Garden
Every Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m.
This 45-minute tour covers the whole garden, with information on Tucson’s history and about gardening in the Sonoran Desert. Group size limited to 10. First come, first served. Tours for groups or families can be arranged at other times by contacting us at 520-955-5200 or

Mission Garden yoga mindfulnessYoga in the Garden–NEW!
Fridays 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. (starting July 17)
Mission Garden volunteer Angelina Lange teaches yoga in a physically separated setting in the ramada at Mission Garden (pictured at right). Angelina teaches this classes on a donation basis, with a tip jar available after the class. Come start your morning in peace among the trees of the Mission Garden orchard. Maximum class size 10 people. Please wear a mask.

Tai Chi in the Garden on Saturday mornings has been suspended till further notice

Mission Garden Bird Walk
August 13, 7 – 8:30 a.m. (second Thursday of each month)
Join Mission Garden Outreach Coordinator and birder Kendall Kroesen to see birds that have inhabited gardens on the historic floodplain of the Santa Cruz River for millennia. Great for beginning and intermediate birders. Limited to 10 birders. Sign up here.


The 2020 Oaxaca trip has been canceled. We have scheduled the 2021 trip:
September 28 – October 5, 2021
A 7-day tour to benefit Mission Garden. Experience Oaxaca on a cultural jouirney with Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace. Tour includes: Jardin Botanico, Monte Alban, Teotitlan del Valle, Cuajimoloyas nature reserve, Mitla, Tlacolula, Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, El Tule, local markets, carving and weaving workshops, art exhibitions, artisanal mescal palenque. Trip includes trasportation (including air fare), lodging, breakfasts and lunches, 3 dinners, expert guides. Cost: $3,800/person. Single supplement $300. Reserve your spot by contacting Dena Cowan at


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or (520) 955-5200