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
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,
Categories. • Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry •
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 247 times since then and 27 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.