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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool?

Historical Gardens

 
 
Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 6, 2015
1. Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? Marker
Inscription. The Historical Gardens show a gardening style that was popular in Tucson from the 1880s through the 1940s. The landscape choices of those days aimed for a green retreat from the desert and helped keep homes cooler in the decades before air-conditioning.

The Porters experimented over the years to learn what would thrive in their nursery and garden. Tall vegetation and garden walls created an oasis surrounded by dusty roads and fields.

After the nursery closed and Rutger died, the family hoped their garden might yet be of use. Through an agreement between Mrs. Porter and the city, Tucson Botanical Gardens was invited to set up headquarters here in 1974.

Photo captions:
Rutger and Bernice Porter
Lily pond in front patio before 1971
Porter House, front walk.

 
Location. 32° 14.898′ N, 110° 54.577′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from N. Alvernon Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Who Lived Here? (here, next to this marker); Cattle Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settlers of Binghampton, Arizona
Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 6, 2015
2. Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? Marker
(approx. 1.5 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.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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