United States of America, Arizona, Maricopa County, Phoenix
El Estribo (Phoenix, Arizona)
"El Estribo (which means The Stirrup in Spanish) has been honored by the National Historical Registry due to its unique architectural style. In the gardens is the original hitching post, and stone rams heads. There is a water feature made of rocks from nearby Camelback Mountain. Of all the cacti in the gardens, only two are originals - one large Saguaro and some prickly pears.
"The gardens contain plantings which are indigenous to the arid southwest desert. Cactus varieties: Totem Pole, Joshua Tree, Prickly Pear, Old Man of the Desert, Golden Barrel, Saguaro, and Century plant. El Estribo is famous for its spring wild flowers, African Daisy, wild snapdragons and desert marigolds to name just a few. On the grounds you will also find citrus, Palo Verde trees, also Brittle Bush and Pencil Trees. During the depression it was turned ino a lodge and catered to great film stars, including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Vivien Leigh.
Persons associated with the property include: Neil Hurlbert Gates (former owner from 1928 to 1931, also builder and architect); Robert and Barbara Evans (former owners from 1931 to 1944); Wilber and Elsie Mann (former owners from 1944 to 1945); Richard and Ruth Fitzmorris (former owners from 1945 to 1975); and Charles Alberdine (former owner from 1975 to 1984).
Garden has been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden, December 1990
Garden has been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden, April 1998