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Gardens of Alcatraz

John Hart, Russel Beatty, Michael Boland, & Roy Eisenhardt



10×9.2in • 25.5×23.5cm

104 pages

index included

ISBNs: 188386917X • 9781883869175

Golden Gate National Parks Association • 1996

The island of Alcatraz is widely known for its prison but its gardens - planted for both practical and aesthetic reasons - are a revelation to many.  Today, old roses run wild, cascading over tumble-down walls.  Fuschia blossoms dance in the winds that sweep the island.  In the spring, iris and jonquils raise their jaunty colors.  Native plants and grasses cover the island's embankments and less-habitable spaces.  This is all the more remarkable when one considers that in its natural state, the island of Alcatraz had virtually no soil and no source of fresh water.

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