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Support the Gardens

Become a friend of the gardens! With funding to sustain the gardens over time, visitors to Alcatraz will always be able to experience the beauty of these award-winning historic gardens. Funding is needed for staff, tools, soil, plants, repair work, and visitor information. Through restoration, maintenance, and garden interpretation, millions of visitors have learned how inmates and Alcatraz families were inspired by the rewards of horticulture.

The Carola Ashford Alcatraz Gardens Fund was established in memory of the Garden Conservancy’s energetic and passionate Alcatraz Gardens project manager, who died February 24, 2009. For more information and to donate to this fund, click here.

The plants tell the other story of Alcatraz--the human and humane story of an individual and group effort to bring a bit of beauty to a grim place.”

Russell A. Beatty, Gardens of Alcatraz