6 of the Best Things to See at the Alaska Botanical Garden

The Alaska Botanical Garden is a 110-acre botanic garden in Anchorage, AK. Open year-round, this living museum promotes the value of plants through education, preservation, and research. Guests can stroll through two perennial gardens, or explore the formal herb garden. You can even hike a scenic Wildflower Trail. With over 1,100 species of perennials and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is the perfect place to learn about flora native to southcentral Alaska. Here are some of the things you’ll see there.

Gardens and Trails at the Alaska Botanical Garden

1. Entry Garden

Visitors are welcomed into the Alaska Botanical Garden with splashes of color at the Entry Gardens. These gardens feature a wide range hardy perennials, which gracefully blend into the native boreal forest behind them. This area is also protected from hungry moose by an eight-foot fence.

2. Lile’s Garden

This peaceful and serene garden is named in honor of Lile Bernard Rasmuson and was designed by renowned landscape architect Carol R. Johnson. Fruit trees that are native to southcentral Alaska are showcased here, as is an award-winning peony collection.

3. Lower Perennial Gardens

Designed by Wendy Anderson, the Lower Perennial Gardens feature delphiniums, poppies, peonies, iris, Asiatic lilies, roses, and more. We recommend visiting these gardens in the summer – the peonies and Himalayan blue poppies are dramatic in June and July!

4. Herb Garden

Built in 1996, the Herb Garden is a haven of botanical delights. It showcases a variety of annual and perennial herbs that have both culinary and medicinal uses. This garden is maintained by volunteers of the Herb Study Group, a creation of the Anchorage Master Gardeners.

5. Rock Garden

The Rock Garden is a labor of love that was constructed by the Alaska Rock Garden Society. Optimal conditions here allow for over 350 species of specialized alpine plants to thrive, including specimens from Alaska, China, and the Himalayas. One section of this garden even contains Tufa rock from a deposit in British Columbia.

6. Lowenfels Family Nature Trail

This scenic, one-mile trail winds down to Campbell Creek and features spectacular views of the Chugach Range. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Visitors can pick up a printed guide at the trailhead and follow 22 interpretive signs during their hike.

Events & Activities

In addition to guided and self-guided tours, the Alaska Botanical Garden hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Check the events calendar for a full list of upcoming programs and workshops.

Book Your Stay at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages

Now that you know all about the Alaska Botanical Garden, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our comfortable cottages, apartments, and bed and breakfast rooms are just a short drive from Anchorage and have everything you need for a wonderful stay. We even offer vacation packages and specials to help you save on your trip! Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!

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