Tumamoc Resilience Gardens

Coming soon!


Paul Mirocha/Desert Laboratory Envisioning the north entrance to the Tumamoc Resilience Gardens.

Tucson and southern Arizona are surrounded by diverse wild food plants adapted to arid environments. While accelerating climate change and water scarcity are disrupting and degrading food production around the world at an accelerating rate, many of the answers to these challenges are here in our backyard. As Tohono O’odham member Bernard Sequeiros shared, “I look out there in the desert and I see my grocery store… my drug store…my hardware store.” 

The Tumamoc Resilience Gardens is a space to experience and learn from our region’s climate-resilient foods. This new garden space at the base of Tumamoc Hill highlights food security, sustainability, and adaptation to climate change to provide visible and tangible answers to the question, “What will it look like to feed ourselves and thrive in a hotter and drier future?” 

Garden and shade houses will create growing space and refuge for domesticate agaves and crop wild relatives. An innovative and world class art-science installation by art philosopher Jonathon Keats will help connect visitors to the pace of time kept by our native desert flora. Collectively, the garden space will be a place to inspire, cultivate, and create a resilient future.

Please join us and explore the answers laying in plain sight!


Click here to learn more about our research on Aridamerica Food Resilience