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In the News

Alcatraz’s gardens are flourishing, against all odds National Geographic

On Alcatraz, the island’s prison gardens are in full flower The Washington Post

Alcatraz’s gardens: ‘People Expect it to be grey but it’s green’ The San Francisco Chronicle

Gardening at Alcatraz The Monthly

Getaways: On Alcatraz Island, gardens still thrive The Press Democrat

Gardens Given Life on ‘The Rock’ The Boston Globe

Challenge: Low Rainfall Horticulture Magazine

Gardens on Alcatraz? Site/Lines

Serving Time on the Rock Pacific Horticulture

"Rock" Gardens Good Times, Canada

The ‘Greening’ of Alcatraz Daily Republic

Alcatraz is a renowned prison—but a horticultural gem? Bay Nature

The astonishing gardens of Alcatraz Novato Advance

California Sketches: Reincarnation of Alcatraz in bloom Sacramento Bee

The revitalized gardens of Alcatraz Marina Times

Alcatraz, a blooming garden spot Los Angeles Times

Hiking and the Gardens of Alcatraz, Part 1 Examiner.com

Hiking and the Gardens of Alcatraz, Part 2 Examiner.com

The Worm Man of Alcatraz Marin Magazine

New life in Alcatraz Island gardens San Francisco Chronicle

Recovery on the Rock Contra Costa Times

Restored Gardens Bloom on the Rock Associated Press

Association of Partners for Public Lands Award

Escape to Alcatraz Gardens Illustrated

Rock Gardening Preservation Magazine

The Rock in full bloom Marin Independent Journal

Gardens Win Preservation Awards

Flowers for Alcatraz Sunset Magazine

Gardens on Alcatraz Island blooming again San Francisco Chronicle

Alcatraz’s Garden Via Magazine

Rock Garden The Press Democrat

Long lost rose brought back to cultivation The Press Democrat

Gardening on the Rock Landscape Architecture

The hillside provided a refuge from the disturbances of the prison, the work a release, and it became an obsession. This one thing I would do well.”

Elliott Michener, Alcatraz inmate, 1941-1950