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Articles: Rudolph Ulrich’s Arizona Gardens

Dasylirion, Opuntia, Agave, Yucca, and various columnar cactuses in the restored Arizona Garden at the Naval Post Graduate School (formerly the Hotel del Monte) in Monterey. Photograph by William Grant
Rudolph Ulrich . . . created exuberant, almost outrageous horticultural extravagences for three of the state's major resort hotels. . . . he was an extremely competent horticulturist, capable of orchestrating complex arrangements of shrubs and trees that had bright flowers and highly varied textures.
David Streatfield, California Gardens: Creating a New Eden

In 1880s California, there existed a distinct and exotic type of garden known as the "Arizona garden." Laid out formally and composed of a combination of desert and subtropical plants, these gardens were the creation of the noted nineteenth-century landscape gardener, Rudolph Ulrich. His two most elaborate Arizona gardens, at Monterey and at Stanford University (near Palo Alto), have been restored and can be visited today. A third one, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, has also been restored; it sits immediately east of the recently renovated Conserva...


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