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  • Tours offered of Canoa Ranch gardens

    Apr 08, 2019 | Read More News
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    Raydine Taber from the Green Valley Gardeners will lead guided tours of the gardens of Historic Canoa Ranch the third Wednesday of every month. The first tour is set for April 17, 9-10:30 a.m.

    All ages welcome. Tours are free for those with a Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation annual pass for outdoor activities and tours. Non-member fee is $5 fee. 

    Register online at pima.gov/canoaranch and clicking on the Register Now button. Guests also may email canoaranch@pima.gov or call 520-724-5220 to make reservations.
    Canoa Ranch gardens
    Some of the gardens included in the tour are the  Manning Jr. House Indoor Garden, Manning Jr. House Courtyard Garden, Manning Sr. House Herb Garden, Grijalva House Courtyard Gardens and Canoa Orchard. The tour covers plant identification, the history of the gardens and plants, care of both gardens and plants and uses of the plants.  

    The tour guide will weave into her narrative the Canoa stories and  how the plants and gardens would have fit into the residents’ life and lifestyles, incorporating the Mexican culture of the vaqueros and their families, as well as the Manning family.

    Upcoming tours are May 15 and June 19, 8:30-10 a.m.

    The entry gate to Historic Canoa Ranch is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for access to the newly restored Canoa Lake and the Anza Trail. Visit www.pima.gov/canoaranch for more info on programs and other guided tours.

    In 2001, Pima County purchased and began to restore the 4,800-acre Canoa Ranch complex with voter-approved 1997 and 2004 bond funds. Pima County opened the ranch headquarters to the public in March 2013.