Why Mission Garden is a must-see

Any gardener knows the secret to healthy plants is a strong root system. That’s one thing that makes Mission Garden in Tucson so special. The roots run incredibly deep here — more than 4,000 years deep.

Mission Garden is a living museum preserving the lineage of Tucson’s remarkable agricultural history. But there’s nothing staid or stuffy about this museum.

It’s green and shaggy, filled with butterflies, hummingbirds and flowers, teeming with life. Tree branches are heavy with fruit and trellises are wrapped in vines. Hundreds of small fish swim in the acequia, the irrigation canal. Earth scents and soft autumn sunlight permeate the space. And there’s the sound of people digging, turning over bare plots as they prepare for new seeds to be planted. Each season brings fresh delights.