March 12, 2016
One of the things on my to see list in Tucson has been the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Joe and I have passed by it many times on our way to various other places. Today was the day.
These beautiful gardens are located on what was once the home of Rutger and Bernice Porter. The young couple married in 1931 and started Desert Gardens Nursery.
Rutger was an up and coming landscaper in the small town of Tucson. The home they bought dates back to the 1920s was constructed with adobe bricks made on sight.
Through the years their family grew, their home was expanded and the gardens evolved into a wonderful landscape of winding walks, adobe walls and fountains.
In 1968 (4 years after her husband's death), Bernice wanted the beloved property to become a public garden and donated it to the City of Tucson.
Today, the Historical Garden contains many of the original plants from the Porter estate including citrus trees, roses, privet, pomegranate, jasmine and many other plants.
It was a delightful morning. As we strolled along the walkways we enjoyed listening to the birds chatter and sing.
It was a challenge to find any of them as the trees and shrubs are so thick and green.
The colors were rich and plentiful...
The gardens included a wide variety of cacti and succulents from Mexico, Arizona and some from Texas.
Everywhere we looked, there was something beautiful to see...
The gardens are a sharp contrast to the busy city...a quiet and peaceful refuge most unexpected.
Until next time,