One of Tucson's most iconic sculptures got some clever Christmas decorations.
Tohono O'odham elders and volunteers set out plans for Mission Garden, a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucson's historic Mission San Agustín.
Clifford Pablo, left, a faculty member with Tohono O'odham Community College, with Roger Pfeuffer, co-chair of Friends of Tucson's Birthplace.
Volunteers harvest white Sonora wheat in the winter garden at Mission Garden at the base of "A" Mountain, on land that has been cultivated for about 4,100 years.
This quince is one of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees planted last year at Mission Garden. "When you eat the fruit of these trees, you are literally tasting history," says Diana Hadley, a board member of Friends of Tucson's Birthplace.
At the foot of Sentinel Peak, visitors to Mission Garden split open a pomegranate and nibble the sweet jewels inside.
That big mesquite in the middle is native, but much of the rest
of what you'll find at Desert Survivors Nursery is descended from
plants brought in by Spanish missionaries.
Guava trees were brought to the Sonoran Desert from the
Experts recommend planting quince any time but winter.
Mission figs, also introduced by the missionaries, grow from
grafts or cuttings.
Grapes were brought in to be used in making sacramental
Grapevines require support - a trellis system, or just a tree
branch will do.
A small bunch of grapes grown from grafts or cuttings grows at
Desert Survivors Nursery.