The Gardens of Alcatraz
Ever since the first prisoner came to Alcatraz Island in 1861, men and women have been looking for an escape from the island. And while no one ever got away from the military or the law stationed on the notorious island located in San Francisco bay, some residents of the island found another form of escape through planting gardens. Most of these gardens fell into disuse once the prison closed in 1963. More recently, the State Parks System has reclaimed the gardens of Alcatraz. In the process, parks volunteers have found hybrid rose varieties that were previously thought extinct.