Mission Garden Educational Resources

Lee MacDonald's drawing of Ed Bldg

Mission Garden Education Building (Lee MacDonald)


Garden entrance

About the Garden

Educational and fun videos are on our YouTube Channel.

Some of the Flowers of Cultivated Plants at Mission Garden

Little Barley, a new ancient crop at Mission Garden



Niña con tortilla, Cucurpe

Girl with tortilla

Resources for Children

The Garden Song




Cholla buds, harvested and despined (Martha Burgess)

Cholla buds

Background Information about the Garden

Mission Garden Essential Facts (document developed for Mission Garden docents summarizing all aspects of the garden and its history)




Maegan Lopez

Maegan Lopez

Native American Crops

Centuries after their loss and theft, Native American seeds are reuniting with their tribes



Radishes and more


Regional and World Crops

Local and Regional

Prehistoric and Early Historic Food Crop Diversity: Nourishing Tucson, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Gary Paul Nabhan and Julia Glennon, Eds.

What the Ancestors Ate–Some local weeds that were important food sources, from a September 2015 Tumamoc Sketchbook blog post

Photographic Tour of some local ancient foods–Arizona Daily Star

World Crops

Food Timeline–One effort at documenting the origin dates and earliest recipes for many crops


Borderlands sacaton restoration


Celebration of Gardens

The Garden Remains–Baron Wormser, Orion Magazine




Hohokam agave

History & Archaeology

Archaeological Investigations in 2007 and 2008 at the Mission and Mission Garden Loci of the Clearwater Site

Archaeology Southwest virtual reconstruction of Tucson

Menlo Park Neighborhood History by Greg Smith (an extensive history of the neighborhood that contains Mission Garden)

History of Honey Bees in America (Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association document)



Edible and medicinal calendula


Flora and Fauna

Flora of the Tucson Mountains (adjacent to Mission Garden)

Wildflowers of Mission Garden

Birds of Mission Garden

Mammals of Mission Garden

Regional Analysis and Vision

Man in the Maze: A short documentary video about restoring the southern Arizona food system selected as a finalist at Sundance Film Festival

Mesquite Manifesto: A Collaborative Vision for the Borderland, by Gary Nabhan