Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace are pleased to announce that Mission Gardens has now completed the second phase of development thanks to a generous grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Mission Garden is a re-creation of the walled garden that was once a part of the Spanish Colonial period San Agustín Mission in Tucson. The second phase of planting at Mission Garden included “the Timeline Gardens which are designed to demonstrate how agricultural techniques evolved over the past 4000 years.” The Native Plant Area was also planted during this phase, which will illustrate how native dwellers gathered and raised semi-cultivated foods from the Sonoran Desert. The Friends will hold off planting more trees until after the holidays, however, there will still be ongoing tending of the Garden and construction activities. The public is invited to visit the Garden on Saturday afternoons from noon to 4:00 p.m. during the winter months. For more information about the Mission Garden project or how you can help support the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, visit their website at