History of the Hotel Del Monte's Arizona Garden
Smith, Sheri L.
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In 1878-1879, Railroad magnate Charles Crocker had been impressed by the workmanship of German-born master gardener and landscape designer Rudolph Ulrich, who had constructed extremely formal and elaborate gardens for several great estates in the San Francisco bay area. Crocker hired Ulrich to design and oversee the installation of the grounds and gardens of the Hotel Del Monte, with a goal of creating the same sort of garden design guests would find at a great hotel in Europe, but, where appropriate, incorporating exotic American plants with traditional favorites.