Category Archives: Alcatraz Gardens

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Botanical Illustrations on Alcatraz

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Awhile back I posted about an upcoming (at the time) reception for the Alcatraz Florilegium. Sadly, the temporary closure of the government and the National Parks put a damper on that scheduled event. Regardless of the hiccup, the Florilegium installation … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Florilegium

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By now, all y’all know I have a special fondness for the Gardens of Alcatraz, and post something every time I go out there. Why, even my banner above is me in my Garden Docent hoodie. 🙂 I volunteered out … Continue reading

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When Imagination Fails, There’s Always Boxwood

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Not long ago I came across a plant that threw me for a loop. It was a California native plant, flannel bush (Fremontodendron californicum) that had been pruned into a topiary cube. At first, I was offended. Its natural form … Continue reading

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Prepping for a Meadow on Alcatraz

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What a GORGEOUS day it was today! Here we are a couple of days into the new year, and it was clear and sunny. A perfect day for gardening on Alcatraz! It was cold, though. Very cold (well, not by … Continue reading

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boZannical Press: Pacific Horticulture Article

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Well, at long last it came! As I wrote about last May, an essay I wrote about my experiences in the Gardens of Alcatraz landed a place in the Fall issue of Pacific Horticulture magazine. A few months and a … Continue reading

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Foggy Assets

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“Fog, Fog… I love the Fog I trip in the water, I fall in the sand I just love the Fog…”                         -Zann Cannon Goff, 1978   I wrote that simple and simplistic little poem when I was seven years … Continue reading

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The Changing Seasons (repost from Alcatraz Gardens blog)

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Shelagh Fritz, the head gardener on Alcatraz, wrote a great post yesterday about Fall color succulents in our Mediterranean climate. She even touched on the summer leaf-drop of Aeoniums that I posted about recently. She has lots of gorgeous Spring/Fall … Continue reading

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A Personalized Tour of Alcatraz

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Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting the new editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine, Lorene Edwards Forkner, here in San Francisco. She took the helm as editor of the quarterly magazine beginning with the most recent edition in … Continue reading

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Fireworks on Alcatraz

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This week ahead I’ll be taking the editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine on a tour of the Gardens of Alcatraz as a follow-up to my soon-to-be-published essay, and realized I never posted from my last visit to The Rock. Don’t … Continue reading

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boZannical Press: Four Years on the Rock

Recently I had a fantastic opportunity – an opportunity to submit a piece of writing to an essay contest. The essay topic was open to CCSF students, and was intentionally broad – “Natural California” – to encourage a variety of … Continue reading

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