Your Mission, should you choose to accept it…

8 Mar

Thanks to a feisty and determined group of dedicated folks, the plan for the Mission Gardens moves forward!  These folks have recognized the importance of place and history and are bringing back to life Kino-era gardens on the west side of downtown at the foot of Tumamoc Hill.  This project has been years in the making, with botanists, gardeners, scientists and historians working diligently and intelligently together.  

 

In the last several weeks, many orchard trees have been planted in the gardens.  These trees come from historic grafts of Kino plantings.  You’ll find peach, pear, pomegranate, grape, fig and quince rising from the soil of our ancestors.  I have found great joy in assisting the all-volunteer crew to see this to realization.  Thanks, Alfredo, for teaching me how to properly plant a fruit tree.  Thanks, Molly McKasson, for your joy and grace and support.  It has been a pleasure to work with you.  Thanks to all of my fellow volunteers for allowing me to help!  I can’t wait for us to begin work on Phase Two.  I am grateful to the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace board for your diligence, fund raising and determination!  We are two weeks away from completing phase one!

Woo hoo!

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