A living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants.
“Mission Garden is a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson’s historic San Agustin Mission. Located on its original site west of downtown Tucson at the corner of Mission Road and Mission Lane, the Garden features heirloom Sonoran Desert-adapted fruit orchards and vegetable gardens interpreting 4,000 years of agriculture in Tucson.
For the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace establishing, completing and operating Mission Garden is the first step towards creating Tucson Origins Heritage Park.
At the turn of this century archaeological excavations at the foot of Sentinel Peak, a sacred site the O’odham knew as S-cuk Son (pronounced Chuk Shon), and now popularly called “A” Mountain, revealed a fascinating story: this special floodplain along the Santa Cruz River represents a 4100-year history of agriculture, the longest known history of cultivation in the United States. We are immensely proud of this history and believe it deserves widespread recognition.
The Garden is a unique living agricultural museum that provides a singular outdoor learning experience for all who enter – students, residents, and tourists from around the world.” – Mission Garden
Our internship program – “Garden of Tomorrow” had the opportunity to partner with Mission Garden this past spring. Our team of Interns explored, researched, collaborated, and designed an interactive garden that will connect the public and Tucson area schools with future challenges with the history, cultures and ecology of our Sonoran Desert ecosystem as represented by the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail.
In addition to preserving Tucson history and working with local youth, Mission Garden holds a variety of events throughout the year! They are also open to the public every Saturday from 8am-noon. For more details see their website here.