HISTORIC GARDENS of ALCATRAZ ISLAND

WEST-SIDE PRISONER'S GARDENS

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!    

'FUCHSIA', East Road, with ANGEL ISLAND   

'PERSIAN CARPET'- SUCCULENT

Succulent Garden, Western Gull

CALA-LILY OR 'ALCA'-LILY

ECHIUM- 'Pride of Madeira'

ARTICHOKES - Officer's Row

AONIUM SUCCULENTS - WEST SIDE 

CALA LILY w ECHIUM 'Pride of Madeira' 

West Side, Greenhouse, Golden Gate

GARDENS EVER-CHANGING, STAY TUNED! ...

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 'Welcome to 'the Rock'! I'm Ian Craig, alcatraztherock.com publisher, National Park Service Certified Program Guide, Alcatraz Historian, and Media Producer. And, welcome to our newly revamped, and ever-evolving, destination web portal. Alcatraz Island is currently re-opened on a limited basis, and tours are limited to outside areas. No entry to Prison Building, Shops, etc. So, we've endeavored to create Virtual Tours for you to explore this historical island, to assist in planning a visit, and to share the unique opportunity to meet, through our vast video interview collection - 14 former prisoners, former guards, prison minister, and family members who grew up on the island! Stay Tuned!

 

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