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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Who Lived Here?

Historical Gardens

 
 
Who Lived Here? Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 6, 2015
1. Who Lived Here? Marker
Inscription. Like many Tucsonans in the 1920s, Bernice Walkley and Rutger Porter were transplanted easterners – she from Connecticut and he from New York. Rutger met Bernice while doing landscape work for her father in Tucson.

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.
Photo captions:
Original adobe house in 1930s, view from Alvernon Way
Rutger Porter
Rutger, Bernice and their three girls

 
Location. 32° 14.901′ N, 110° 54.575′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on 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. Does This Garden Seem Lush and Cool? (here,

Who Lived Here? Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 6, 2015
2. Who Lived Here? Marker
next to this marker); Cattle Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settlers of Binghampton, Arizona (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. AgricultureHorticulture & Forestry
 
Porter House, now Tucson Botanical Garden gift shop image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 6, 2015
3. Porter House, now Tucson Botanical Garden gift shop
View from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 41 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.
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