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Urban Garden Festival at Tucson Botanical Gardens

October 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free With Paid Admission

The Urban Garden Festival is a full day dedicated to reconnecting to our food and celebrating the fall season. Enjoy pumpkin painting, see an incredible display of decorated pumpkins by local artists, watch and learn with live cooking demonstrations, grab a bite from one of the talented food partners, gather tips and tricks for growing your own food at home, and enjoy live music in the shady fall setting of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Event included in regular Garden Admission.

Festival Schedule


Cooking Demonstrations


Presenter: Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Location: Grove Shop / Zen Garden

Times: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm


Presenter: Jennifer Parlin, The Kitchen Garden / UANN, Pima County Cooperative Extension

Location: Reception Garden

Times: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm


Presenter: David Clark, Chief Mixologist at Hotel Congress

Location: Xeriscape Garden

Times: 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm


Lightning Presentations

Located in the Education Classroom, each 30 minute presentation will be followed by a short Q&A.


10:15am – Fruit Tree Planting & Pruning

Tom Ellis, ISA Certified Arborist

Executive Director of Tucson Clean & Beautiful


11:15am – The Fall Vegetable Garden

Adam Farrell-Wortman

Horticultural Manager, Tucson Botanical Gardens


12:15pm – Beyond Pumpkin Pie

Barbara Eiswerth, PhD

Executive Director, Iskashitaa Refugee Network


1:15pm – Organic Compost: Your Garden’s Dirty Little Secret

Emily Rockey

Director of Sales and Marketing, Tanks Green Stuff


2:15pm – Watering Needs and Application Techniques

Michael Ismail

Executive Director, Thrive and Grow Gardens


3:15pm – Growing in Grey Water

Bill Wilkening

Board President of WMG


October 14, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free With Paid Admission


Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
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