On my flight back from San Francisco I was fortunate enough to be sitting next to Doug Ng, whose’ step mother Carola Ashford started a the restoration of the gardens around Alcatraz as part of a fellowship with the Garden Conservancy. Sadly, Carola passed away last year but the work she started continues to expand under the new director of volunteers. I lived and worked just East of San Francisco for 10 years and sadly never visited Alcatraz as I thought it would be a grim and dreary place, however the pictures below show just how beautiful it has become through the efforts of the Parks service, volunteers and fellows of the Garden Conservancy.

Roadside garden

Southern Terrace

Rose terrace

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