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Award winning gardens on Alcatraz


The Association of Partners for Public Lands awarded the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project a Partnership Project Award in 2010. The project also received two California Preservation Foundation awards in 2009—the Trustees Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation and a Preservation Design Award. This prestigious awards program showcases preservation design excellence and recognizes exemplary work in historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and sustainability.

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I finally got him to admit that he didn’t know he was in prison anymore.”

Fred Reichel, warden’s secretary, 1934-1941, referring to how inmate Dick Franseen felt about gardening.