Alaska Botanical Garden

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Alaska Botanical Garden

The Alaska Botanical Garden consists of about 110 acres of “boreal forest”, with approximately 11 acres of cultivated gardens and interconnecting nature trails.  The Garden hosts over 1,100 varieties of annual and perennial plants hardy in Southcentral Alaska. There are about 150 species of Alaska native plants in the Garden. Each of the gardens has a particular emphasis or theme, such as the Herb Garden, Alpine Rock Garden, or Anchorage Heritage Garden.
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Alaska Botanical Garden

Gardens, gift shop, nature trails, tours. Hardy perennial gardens, peonies, rock garden, herb garden, Anchorage Heritage Garden, workshops, wildlife. Docent tour information online and by appointment. Beautifully cultivated gardens woven through a 110 acre spruce and birch forest. With 1,100+ species of hardy perennials and 150 native plant species, ABG is a wonderful place to experience Alaska’s growing season. The Garden features a Gold Medal Peony Collection, Anchorage Heritage Garden demonstrating gardening practices and heirloom plants from the past, our 20-year old Herb Garden, sub-arctic rock garden, wildflower trail and more! Adventurous visitors can explore the 1.1 mile Lowenfels-Hoersting Family Nature Trail to the North Fork of Campbell Creek where salmon run, and ptarmigan fly. Come photograph or paint Alaska’s flora and fauna. The main trail is ADA accessible. Visit www.alaskabg.org for details about hours, guided tours, plant sales, wheelchair rental. Our Shop has Alaskan-made gifts, books and more. 907-770-3692
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Alaska Botanical Garden

From the business Specialties Horticulture, Plants, Gardens, Gardening, Gift Shop, Nursery, Trails, Nature, Education, Display Gardens, Herbs, Perennials History Established in 1986. The Alaska Botanical Garden was started by a group of volunteers in 1986 and was opened to the public in 1993. We are a 501c3 non-profit and receive no state or municipal funding for operations. All operating funds are raised through entry fees, donations, membership dues, program fees and corporate sponsorship. Meet the Manager Brie X. Manager Being from the east coast, Brie has always had a love for the ocean and the environment. Her love of the environment drew her to take a botany class where her interest in science and plants blossomed. After a brief college search Brie found Alaska Pacific University, and four years later she had a BS in Environmental Science and a job at ABG. Brie is currently ABG's Office Manager and Membership Coordinator and as with any non-profit, she wears many other “hats”. Between her educational background and combined eight years of retail and customer service experience she has proven, to be a good fit with ABG. Brie was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts and is a proud fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots. She has three fur babies, Zeus, Athena & Sandi and she is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady”. Report
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Specialties Horticulture, Plants, Gardens, Gardening, Gift Shop, Nursery, Trails, Nature, Education, Display Gardens, Herbs, Perennials History Established in 1986. The Alaska Botanical Garden was started by a group of volunteers in 1986 and was opened to the public in 1993. We are a 501c3 non-profit and receive no state or municipal funding for operations. All operating funds are raised through entry fees, donations, membership dues, program fees and corporate sponsorship. Meet the Manager Brie X. Manager Being from the east coast, Brie has always had a love for the ocean and the environment. Her love of the environment drew her to take a botany class where her interest in science and plants blossomed. After a brief college search Brie found Alaska Pacific University, and four years later she had a BS in Environmental Science and a job at ABG. Brie is currently ABG's Office Manager and Membership Coordinator and as with any non-profit, she wears many other “hats”. Between her educational background and combined eight years of retail and customer service experience she has proven, to be a good fit with ABG. Brie was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts and is a proud fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots. She has three fur babies, Zeus, Athena & Sandi and she is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady”.
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From the Glenn Highway, take the Muldoon exit. Drive south about 6 miles where the road makes a right turn to the west. Continue west to Campbell Airstrip Rd. (the intersection has a traffic light).  Just beyond the Fire Station, turn left into the driveway for the Benny Benson School and Alaska Botanical Garden parking lot. The garden entrance is on the right side of the driveway.
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Take in the beauty of Alaska’s native flora and northern-hardy perennials at this tranquil garden located amidst 110 acres of boreal forest. View perennial, herb, alpine rock and wildflower gardens. Walk on nature trails, enjoy our Gold Medal Peony Collection and visit our Anchorage Heritage Garden. The main paved loop is about a half mile. ABG is a completely outdoor facility with a small gift shop. There are currently no greenhouses or indoor facilities. We are open year round, but snow covered in the winter. The fence surrounding the garden keeps the moose out, but bears can come and go. ABG is a private non-profit, we received no state or municipal funding. ABG is supported by entry fees, memberships, donations, program fees, gift shop sales and corporate sponsorship. If you have any questions please feel free to visit our website or call the office. We hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for supporting the garden!
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All tours meet in the retail nursery area near the Gift Shop.  A docent will guide you through the Lower Perennial Garden, the Anchorage Heritage Garden, the Rock Garden,  the Herb Garden, Lile’s Garden, the Wildflower Trail and the Trailside Gardens.  The tour follows the main paved loop ends back in the nursery, in case you’d like to browse for plants or garden gifts!
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This is one of my favorite places to buy plants, and to walk around on a nice day. The staff and volunteers really know plants: they know what grows in Alaska, and they have some of the hardiest and most interesting varieties of those plants. All the starts I've gotten here have been very healthy and good growers. They also have excellent organic compost and soil at a decent price, and have a nice-looking gift shop I haven't been in. Do yourself a favor and DON'T buy plants or soil at big box stores! Fred Meyer/Lowe's/Home Depot don't grow and sell plants for *Alaskan* gardens! They may be cheaper up front, but you will spend much more time and money in the long run on inferior plants and materials. Growers like the AK Botanical Garden are tried and true. I recommend the short walking tours they have in summer, led by Master Gardeners. FYI, there are frequently bears in this area so it's better to be with a guide.
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This is one of my favorite places to buy plants, and to walk around on a nice day.The staff and volunteers really know plants: they know what grows in Alaska, and they have some of the hardiest and most interesting varieties of those plants.  All the starts I've gotten here have been very healthy and good growers.  They also have excellent organic compost and soil at a decent price, and have a nice-looking gift shop I haven't been in.Do yourself a favor and DON'T buy plants or soil at big box stores!  Fred Meyer/Lowe's/Home Depot don't grow and sell plants for *Alaskan* gardens!  They may be cheaper up front, but you will spend much more time and money in the long run on inferior plants and materials.  Growers like the AK Botanical Garden are tried and true.  I recommend the short walking tours they have in summer, led by Master Gardeners.  FYI, there are frequently bears in this area so it's better to be with a guide.
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The Alaska Botanical Garden was started by a group of volunteers in 1986 and was opened to the public in 1993. We are a 501c3 non-profit and receive no state or municipal funding for operations. All operating funds are raised through entry fees, donations, membership dues, program fees and corporate sponsorship.
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“Plantus Giganticus” Reviewed August 23, 2016 The botanical garden was a pleasant surprise and a nice way to unwind as we were winding down our vacation. The plants were spectacular, particularly from the size aspect. Everything was 50% to 200% larger than what we can grow in our garden in Nevada. Helpful? Thank Ron and Carolyn J Report

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