Who Lived Here?
In 1929 Rutger bought the small adobe house that is now the TBG Gift Shop. Two years later he married Bernice. Together, while raising three girls, they enlarged the house and planted the garden immediately surrounding it.
In the 30s the Porters operated Desert Gardens Nursery on this site. Rutger’s love of desert plants earned him the nickname “Kactus Kid.” He died in 1958. Bernice opened the house and gardens to clubs and visitors, often serving tea in the afternoon. She occupied the east side of her home until her death in 1983.
Original adobe house in 1930s, view from Alvernon Way
Rutger, Bernice and their three girls
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
Location. 32° 14.901′ N, 110° 54.575′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? (here, next to this marker); Cattle Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settlers of Binghampton, Arizona (approx. 1½ miles away); Villa Catalina (approx. 1.8 miles away); Chapel of San Pedro at Fort Lowell (approx. 1.9 miles away); El Conquistador Water Tower (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Lowell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Officers' Quarters (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.