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Georgeson Botanical Garden

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Address: 117 W Tanana Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99775-0001
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+1 907-474-7222

Discover the diversity of native and introduced plants growing under the...

Discover the diversity of native and introduced plants growing under the Midnight sun. Observe Alaska's world famous giant cabbages. Visit our developing children's garden. Observe wildlife, birds, plants and insects that live in Alaska's great interior. Season is June 1 through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 per person, children 6 and under free. The Georgeson Botanical Garden is located at the Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station (AFES) farm west of the main UAF campus.

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See what grows in the summer of Alaska

When I was there, the lilies were doing really well. So were the cabbage and kale. The dahlias made it, though they were smaller than my hand. Lots of little pansies... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Menlo Park, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We were looking for alternatives to the typically heavily promoted cruise ship activities such as the river boat and the gold panning. This was one of the several activities we did in Fairbanks besides Running Reindeer Ranch, North Pole, Alyeska Pipeline, and the nearby LARS. For only $5 entrance fee per person, this is a great inexpensive place to bring... More 

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Menlo Park, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

When I was there, the lilies were doing really well. So were the cabbage and kale. The dahlias made it, though they were smaller than my hand. Lots of little pansies. Chokeberries. Any berries. Hyacinths. Oregano. Zucchini, beets, turnips. Sunflowers, even. Not doing well: peonies, apple trees. Got caught in a rare, sudden downpour here, but it was all right.

Thank bayareaxplant
Fairbanks, AK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The botanical garden is part of the agricultural research activity of the University of Alaska. The garden features plants native to Alaska, which are often of intense colors. The long summer hours promote our summer flowers to be prolific. In addition, the gardens host evening programs of music from local performing groups. I have performed there more than I have... More 

Thank akakie
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Difficult to find with no signage. After finding, was rather unassuming, although some very beautiful flowers and plants. Does not appear to be well maintained.

Thank John G
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Georgeson Botanical Garden, just up the road from University of Alaska Fairbanks is a gorgeous spot. They showcase both native and non-native plants, flowers and fruits is a spectacular setting. This is a great place to stroll around and marvel at the gigantic blooms that 24 hours of summer sunshine produce, or just to sit and enjoy the quiet... More 

Thank Wolf M
Beulah, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

The gardens are a little difficult to find but worth the search. The gardens are beautiful. The flowers in Fairbanks are huge, colorful, and health, thanks to all the daylight. The plants are labeled so that visitors can compare them to the same species that they are growing in their own area. Anyone who likes flowers will enjoy this attraction.

Thank Sharon D
Goodyear, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

The garden has amazing cross section of different plants and flowers that grow in Fairbanks and surrounding area. There are many different flowers of different shades of blue and purple - a dazzling sight. The garden is well kept and has some areas for sitting and viewing. A great place to take pictures.

Thank Ishpudejko
Dumas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is free and a bit tricky to find. Looks like a residence and sign isn't clearly visible from road. Beautiful flowers and overlooks. Several gardens to walk through. Waterfalls were not running. It is free but a donation box is at front entrance. It is a nice way to spend an hour or so.

Thank melody t
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

You'd be surprised to see all the different things that can be grown in Fairbanks, Alaska! Lots of these things aren't your ordinary garden variety veggies. Cabbage larger than basketballs! Flowers that are 6+ feet tall. Blooms as big as your head! This is a definite must see while you are in Fairbanks.

Thank a1tank69
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

With almost midnight sun, All their flowers are gorgeous everywhere in this garden. Some of special Vegetables are there to see (Huge cabbage!), It is not big place but very soothing area with open space. If you are flower lover this place is must and it will be great to show kids I think. And you can also visit to... More 

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