The ‘Greening’ of the Rock

Visitors from Chicago and Atlanta discover the Gardens of Alcatraz


Hundreds of Cormorant nests and Snowy Egret hatchlings provide flora and fauna wildlife surprises on west side of island. The Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project, working with the national non-profit Garden Conservancy, has rescued and rehabilitated historic gardens throughout the 29 acre National Park Site over the past dozen years. Early US Army families would be the first to plant gardens on the barren rock as far back in the late 1850’s – and were followed by fortunate prisoners of USP-Alcatraz from 1934 – 1963. Plants were chosen wisely for the sometimes harsh conditions and actually survived un-aided for four decades after the prison closed! Now they are on full-view for all to see – this is a fantastic time to visit, or re-visit ‘the Rock’!

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