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“Georgeson Botanical Garden”

Georgeson Botanical Garden
Ranked #29 of 101 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is one of my favorite places. They plant all types of flowers, herbs and plants. The colors are spectacular, the different beds well laid-out. I can come home from one visit to the garden with 150 or more photos. They have benches to rest on if you have mobility problems, some shady areas if the sun is hot. It's a terrific place to visit and just enjoy all the flowers. Very restful place for me.

Thank lindadak
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

We started at the historic barn where they had a family of young reindeer and a gentleman told us something we did not know that reindeer and caribou are the same species. Reindeer are domesticated and caribou are wild a herd around the open countryside. This garden is run by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and it shows. The garden was well organized, there were nice signs describing the plants, very nice picnic areas, a fun children's garden with a hanging bridge and little log cabin which made for fun photographs. Delphiniums up the ying yang were a sight to behold. If you like gardens, this is a must do. The gardens take small donations and it was all well worth it. After the gardens we went to the Museum of the North which is all on the UAF campus.

Thank Oceandweller7
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

It is not in the same category as other botanical gardens I have visited (e.g., Berkeley's, San Francisco's) but I am not sure what a great botantical garden in an area like Fairbanks (Taiga forests, tundra) would look like. There were rows of peonies, which were impressive. No mature treess or shrubs but I am not sure they could grow such things. There were several 'art' items and some hardscape but not much to see in terms of plants. They had a section "Dyer's plants" used by locals & natives to dye wool. That small section was interesting.

Thank crossdrew
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This botanic garden is the farthest north in North America, and as a fan of botanic gardens I couldn't miss this one! I'm glad I didn't as this one is a beauty. It's spacious and laid out in large sections, including a peony garden, a sculpture garden and a children's botanic garden that is still in progress. There are several natural water features that keep the sound of running water alive in this garden, including a rock waterfall and a water wheel at the bottom of a sluice - reflecting the gold mining history of the area. We walked through the garden on a very sunny July day and met a couple having their engagement photo taken. From the notices at the front about wedding rehearsals and weddings that weekend this looks like a popular spot for weddings. The flowers were beautiful, especially the peonies which were in full bloom. I highly recommend this botanic garden. It is on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We walked down from the museum on the university campus and took the nature path down the hill. It was a bit of a walk but not overly taxing. If you are visiting the museum, add about 90 minutes to get back and forth from the garden. Don't forget your camera! Also, this botanic garden is visible from the Alaska Railway so if you are arriving in or departing from Fairbanks by train don't forget to look for the garden as you enter - or depart - the city.

Thank HistoryLover2017
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

It looked pleasant from the outside but it just too early in the season to fully enjoy. The flowers have yet to bloom but if you arrive later in the month I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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