HISTORIC GARDENS of ALCATRAZ ISLAND

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WEST-SIDE PRISONER'S GARDENS

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WEST ROAD w CELL-HOUSE & WALL

 Story of the Historic Alcatraz Gardens

Credit the women of Alcatraz for creating the earliest gardens on this rocky island. These Army wives were quite dismayed upon first inspection of the conditions at 'Fort Alcatraz', their new home, beginning in the late 1850's.

 

The mostly barren island was devoid of any significant plant life, with just sprigs of wild grasses here and there. The rugged rock had been well 'painted' over eons by the generous contributions from the plentiful seabirds.

 

Highly visible from fast growing San Francisco, the small, but prominent, droppings encrusted island had previously been called 'Bird Island', 'White Island' . . . and even 'Guano Island'. 

 

Legend has it, these pioneering women of Alcatraz were determined to somehow improve a seemingly bleak situation - so they demanded dirt. It would arrive - in timely fashion - barged over mostly from nearby Angel Island. The end results ... you will see!    

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'FUCHSIA', East Road, with ANGEL ISLAND   

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'PERSIAN CARPET'- SUCCULENT

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Succulent Garden, Western Gull

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ECHIUM- 'Pride of Madeira'

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CALA-LILY OR 'ALCA'-LILY

ARTICHOKES - Officer's Row

AONIUM SUCCULENTS - WEST SIDE 

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CALA LILY, w 'Pride of Madeira' 

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West Side, Greenhouse, 

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GARDENS EVER-CHANGING, STAY TUNED! ...