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“Return to nature”

Alaska Botanical Garden
Ranked #43 of 229 things to do in Anchorage
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 24 May 2014

This garden area is part of the Botanical Society's national circuit. It offers the uniqueness of plants that can be planted in Anchorage. But is also affords a walk thru nature. It is easily accessible off Tudor road. I have visited other Botanical Gardens in other states. I love this one since it is unique to Alaska and affords the locals as well as visitors a glimpse into gardening and natural growth found in this area.

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AKBOT, General Manager at Alaska Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Thank you so much for your review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit!
The Alaska Botanical Garden is a private non-profit, not affiliated with any Society.... although we are members of the American Public Gardens Association, and offer free "reciprocal admission" to members of other APGA gardens and American Horticultural Society members.
Thanks again!
Julianne McGuinness
Executive Director

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Due to a late winter the plants were not really in full bloom when we were there. The landscaping looks great. We will come back next time. Really great for what is a volunteer effort.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We always visit botanical gardens when in a new city. The parking lot is shared with a high school which was confusing at first. Also, they have a huge gate across the entrance which makes it look closed. It's there to keep the moose out, but there's a side door you can use to enter.

The people there are extremely nice and have obviously been trying to improve the gardens. It is a small loop with about 5 different sets of plantings. Everything is labelled, but there isnt a lot of additional information other than the name. Bring bug spray or a bug net. It's worth a visit, but keep your expectations in check.

Bathroom is a port a potty.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

110 acres of natural, native foliage with 3 (?) designed gardens awaited me late in the season. A couple of the gardens were under construction. With the majority of the flowering plants done I enjoyed the native plants and just the amble through the grounds. They had a small brochure that sort of showed the trails to take but did not include all of the paths off the walkway. The brochure also had some points of interest numbered and listed but there were no signs at the spot where the points were suppose to be. You could only guess where they were with the exception of the glacial boulder. That you could not miss. I loved the Herb Garden with all of the various plants and the design of the garden was beautiful. It was easy to walk through and see everything. Lile's Garden wonderful also. I can only imagine what these and the other small gardens would look like when they had flowers in bloom. The Rock Garden was interesting and one that I examined for ideas for my rockeries. I did not explore the Lowenfels Family Nature Trail as the rain was coming back and I wanted to head back to my car. Sunday was a low key day and there was only 1 employee on duty. Hopefully I will be back some day in the early part of summer and be able to visit the Garden then, despite the thrill of sharing it with mosquitos. This time of year is great with the disappearance of the mosquitos. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

Trails through the gardens lead to surprise plantings in a natural setting. Our late season visit allowed viewing of some late bloomers and the mature seed pods just before the terminal frost. The curator was very knowledgable and accommodating. These gardens are a work in progress as most gardens are. The modest entrance fee supports their efforts to grow and expand their gardens. Nice place.

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