Lowenfels Family Nature Trail
Lower & Upper Perennial Gardens
Entrance Bed Exhibits
Wildlife in the Garden
& Staff Information
Watering, Mulching, Pest Control
In 2007, the Alaska Botanical Garden adopted a "sustainability" resolution which includes embracing organic and sustainable horticultural practices.
has a compost pile, in which selected garden clippings
are recycled. The composted material is then used
in the gardens as a soil amendment.
Pest control techniques utilized by ABG include IPM (Integrated
Pest Management) strategies and organic, non-toxic controls.
The Alaska Botanical Garden consists of about 110 acres of "boreal forest", with approximately 11 acres of cultivated gardens and interconnecting nature trails.
ABG's Master Plan calls for most of the land to remain in a natural state. While many of the gardens identified by the Master Plan have yet to be constructed, existing gardens include an entrance garden / exhibit area, three perennial
a formal herb garden, a rock garden, a wildflower trail, a
self-guided nature trail.
The success of the Alaska Botanical garden is rooted in the work of a dedicated pool of more than 170 volunteers, who maintain the gardens, assist with special events, serve on the Board of Directors and committees, and contribute a tremendous amount of expertise
In addition to the gardens, some of the infrastructure elements of the Master Plan have been completed, including a perimeter
fence, extended mushing trail, electricity to the nursery, and a, water
In recent years, ABG
has received grants from the State of Alaska, the Rasmuson
S. Dept. of HUD, and Atwood Foundation to develop the gardens
The generosity of many individual donors and local businesses has also contributed significantly to the development of the Alaska Botanical Garden. Please visit our Donor page for more information about our contributors, and to learn about ways that you can help to support this valuable public resource.
Fundraising continues as we work towards adding new gardens
and visitor facilities.
Weather, Daylight and the Gardening Season in Southcentral Alaska
average annual precipitation in the Anchorage area is just
over 15 inches. The average annual temperature is only 35.7
degrees Fahrenheit. In June, July, and August, the average
daily high temperatures are in the mid 60's, with a range
from 55 to 80 degrees.
longest day of the year falls on summer solstice, June 20
or 21. In Anchorage, the solstice brings 19 hours and 20
minutes of daylight. Anchorage's shortest day of the year
is in late December, with only 5 hours and 28 minutes of
Anchorage area, the growing season is about 120 days long.
The first frost-free date can vary widely, from the end of April until the end of May;
and the first Autumn frost may occur anytime between the end of August and the middle of September.
A "typical" growing season is mid-May through mid-September.
Changes in elevation of 500 feet in the Anchorage bowl can
shorten the growing season by one week on each end!