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Welcome to the Alaska Botanical Garden where northern
horticulture and native plants are showcased throughout
a 110 acre spruce and birch woodland in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mission
The Alaska Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated enhancing the beauty
and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation, and research

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Location

The Garden is located in Anchorage, just South of Tudor Road at 4601 Campbell Airstrip
Road, adjacent to Far North Bicentennial Park. Bordering the Garden to the East is the
north fork of Campbell Creek, which has a summer Chinook (King)salmon run.
Chugach State Park is nearby.

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History

Planning for the Alaska Botanical Garden started in 1983 as members of the Alaska
Horticultural Association considered the creation of an arboretum, and the idea grew. 

The organization was officially incorporated as an Alaskan non-profit in 1986, and began
the process of developing a “Master Plan” to guide the creation of gardens and
infrastructure elements.  In 1990, ABG signed a land use agreement with the Municipality
of Anchorage. The Master Plan was revised in 2002. In 2003, ABG signed another long-
term lease with the Municipality for additional adjacent acreage. 

Ten years after the initial planning, the first gardens were planted and the Grand Opening took place on July 25, 1993. 

Today, the Alaska Botanical Garden occupies about 110 acres between the Far North
Bicentennial Park and Benny Benson School.  Much of the land will remain in a natural
state, with individual “gardens-within-the-Garden” interconnected by trails through the
boreal forest.

The Alaska Botanical Garden property has had many different occupants and owners over
the years. Once used by the Athabascan people, the land has since been under the federal,
then state, and finally municipal administration.  During the 1940s and 1950s, the area was
used for maneuvers and training by the US Army, and the trails in the area were a part of the
extensive “Bull Dog Trail” network that extended from Ft. Richardson to the Campbell Army
Air Corps airfield in what is now Far North Bicentennial Park. 

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The Garden is open year-
round during daylight hours.

With over 1,100 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is the place to experience the abundance of the summer sub-arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to southcentral Alaska.

From May through September (and occasionally into October) you will find flowering plants and shrubs in two perennial gardens, a formal herb garden, an alpine rock garden, and a wildflower walk. A new "East" Garden was constructed in 2008-2009.

 



Garden Address: 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507

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