Tumamoc Resilience Garden

Coming soon!


Envisioning the north entrance to the Tumamoc Resilience Gardens.

Paul Mirocha/Desert Laboratory

The Tumamoc Resilience Garden at the base of Tumamoc Hill will be an inspirational setting where our community can have hands-on participation in how to live in the desert in a hotter and drier future. 

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 backbone design allows passive rainwater harvesting to create an environment that supports a wide diversity of arid-adapted food species from the borderlands. The arid borderlands region is home to dozens of species that are the close relatives of many of the core crops species in use today around the world. These seeds represent millennia of adaptive knowledge from the plants and people of our region. The garden space will weave together time and approaches that demonstrate adaptive responses to an extreme environment, all in an inviting community space.

Most importantly, this will be a living space we will all collectively learn from and see evolve over time. The trees we plant today, fed by the rain that falls on the slopes of Tumamoc will create the overstory shade where the understory food plants will flourish. We invite you to envision and participate in creating a resilient future together.


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