We started out early to beat the heat on our adventure to visit and learn about Mission Garden. Their mission is to preserve, honor, protect, restore and recreate the cultural heritages and landscape of Tucson’s birth place. The gardens are located at the base of A Mountain in the Menlo Park Barrio. There is archeological evidence of irrigation canals that supported farming on the site 4,000 years ago.
The Garden includes a Timeline Garden with native plants unique to the diverse Sonoran Desert that remain from the Hohokam peoples who created complex irrigation systems. The O’odham desert dwellers farmed the land and grew squash, corn, lima beans and tobacco.
We enjoyed the knowledge shared about the rich cultural history form Tomas a volunteer at Mission Garden.