Creating a Haven for Native Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
A thoughtfully designed, pesticide-free garden can become a wonderful haven for wildlife. Discover the often simple ways in which you can create a welcoming, safe, and healthy habitat for bees, butterflies, beneficial insects and even our somewhat rare hummingbirds. You’ll learn the best ways to provide each of these with a focus on which hardy plants and colors are most attractive to pollinators and what makes them alluring.
Brenda C. Adams is an international-award winning garden designer based in Homer, Alaska and author of Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective, winner of the Garden Writers’ Association 2018 Silver Award, and There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North. She also teaches garden design for the University of Alaska and the Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners’ program. She is a frequent guest on radio and speaks throughout Alaska and around the country.
Designing Landscapes in the Changing Climate and Urban Forest in Anchorage
The urban forest is a realm where changing climactic conditions are as relevant as in any other ecosystem. We will investigate the challenges, opportunities and trends affecting the urban landscape from the perspective of site development in Anchorage relying on more than a quarter century of first-hand professional experience. Discover what we have and what we still have to learn to create more resilient, sustainable and memorable urban environments for our city.
Tamás is the landscape architect of record at KPB Architects in Anchorage. His studies and thesis focused on Green architecture and design in the early nineties and his practice has focused on implementing green infrastructural concepts into site development ever since. His portfolio provides a unique perspective on how accelerated change in our climate requires ever changing strategies to build more resilient, sustainable and yet socially meaningful and beautiful places in our city while enhancing our urban forest.
Jeffrey Demain MD
Climate Change and the Environment: Impacts on plants and consequently allergy and respiratory disease.
Climate change represents one of the most significant threats to human health of the 21st century. We will explore rising trends of allergic and respiratory disease worldwide and discuss studies correlating this with changes in pollen patterns, pollen levels and immune intensity. We will discuss how climate change is affecting botanicals both in a positive and negative way. Our focus will not be on ornamental flowering plants but rather those that impact our air quality, our food quality and our health.
Dr. Jeffrey G. Demain is the founder of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center of Alaska. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics, and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Alaska, WWAMI School of Medical Education. He is board certified in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology and is a nationally recognized speaker. Dr Demain is a past board member and fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr Demain has lived in Alaska for almost 25 years, where he has witnessed and researched the environmental impacts of climate change. Dr. Demain has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has authored three textbook chapters.
Ilona Farr MD
Growing Fruit Trees and Preserving Techniques
Come learn about growing different types of fruits in Alaska and some processing and storage tips. Ilona has over 30 years of experience growing cherries (both pie and sweet), apricots, apples, currants, strawberries, and haskap berries (honeyberries).
Ilona Farr is a physician and lifelong Alaskan. She was raised in rural Alaska and helped her mother garden as child. She has been gardening with fruit trees and bushes for over 30 years and has a yard with 30 fruit trees in Anchorage and farm in Palmer with a 56 foot dome greenhouse and over 100 trees and 100 fruit bushes. She has been processing fruit and vegetables for home storage for 30 years.
Get in on the Succulent Craze
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can get in on the current succulent craze! This workshop will teach you about 5 easy to grow succulents for beginners. Though there is a lot to learn, there are several succulents for beginners that are forgiving to neglect and beginner mistakes.
Dawn Groth is a 2019 Master Gardener Graduate who loves succulents. She has spent hours studying, propagating and learning about these lovely home additions and would love to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about the beautiful succulent world.
Seeing Bulbs as another Layer of Spring and Summer Attractions
Layering bulbs into the perennial garden extends the bloom season from early Spring with upshots of color in Summer. We will look at tried and true bulbs for the Anchorage garden. Spring and Summer bulbs have varying characteristics to consider when placing them in the garden. I'll present ideas and tips to incorporate them into new and existing perennial gardens.
Debbie Hinchey has been a professional gardener since 1974 and is always learning something new. She holds an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Horticulture. Debbie has been adding bulbs to commercial plantings and home gardens for decades. With 45 years of experience in the horticultural field and a constant search to learn more, there are success and failures to share.
Aging Gracefully: Yoga for Gardeners
Cranky backs, hips, knees and all the rest? Gardeners easily spend hours bent over weeding or planting only to stand up and feel tension and aches and pains in joints and muscles that will likely be used the very next day for more gardening. Join Elise in a brief overview of stretches and movements that can prolong the gardening day or maybe at least make a body feel a little less cranky. M. Elise Huggins has studied yoga for close to thirty years and has completed the 500 hour yoga teacher training certification.
M. Elise Huggins is a Landscape Architect based in Anchorage who is actively working in the community to understand and fight climate change through good design of public spaces. Elise has worked with students and neighborhoods on projects to improve green spaces, increase green spaces and create an awareness of how humans can interact with and change the environment to mitigate damage caused by development. Elise is an advocate for reuse, recycle and reduce and believes using these strategies from the garden level to the community level will be critical to living with climate change.
Gardening in Alaska's Changing Climate
We will explore how, as gardeners in Alaska, we can effectively respond to a changing climate. We will look at how Alaska’s climate is expected to change in the years to come and how we can design gardens that are resilient to these expected changes. We will also explore choices we can make to have a positive impact on climate change and benefit the natural world around us.
Claire Kaufman is the owner of Boreal Bioscapes, a garden/landscape design and maintenance firm in Anchorage. Claire is a Master Gardener and member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She has trained under prominent British garden designer, Duncan Heather, and has instructed University-level courses in soil science, environmental management, and climatology. Claire was born and raised in a rural setting. Gardening has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. When she is not working on a client’s property, Claire loves experimenting with new plants and techniques in her own garden.
Cherie Northon, PhD
Great Gardens and Healthy Waterways
Healthy waterways benefit people as well as the terrestrial and aquatic habitat. Keeping Anchorage’s creeks and lakes healthy is a top priority for the Municipality and residents, and much of this task falls under the purview of the Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC). There is great concern about invasive plants, how yard chemicals impact our waterways, and the effects of climate change. Find out what you can do to help maintain our waterways and still have a great garden.
Dr. Northon has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography from the University of California Berkeley where she taught before moving to Anchorage. She has been the executive director of the Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC) since 2010, and oversees and participates in all of AWC’s programs. Her AWC publications include A Cultural and Historical Geography of Campbell Creek (2007), the Chester Creek Watershed Plan (2014), and Evaluate Fecal Coliform for Two Anchorage Watersheds (2019), and she is currently working on the Campbell Creek Watershed Plan.
Composting with Worms
Vermicomposting demystified! We'll look at the the benefits of using composting worms to turn organic waste into a valuable soil additive. We'll discuss the life cycle and types of worms you should use as well as care.
Tim Pritchett is a retired high school chemistry teacher and lifelong avid gardener. Tim manages his own business, Tim's Plants, Produce and Worms. He has been maintaining fruitful berry patches and successful worm bins for over 40 years. He sells his worms and excess plants and loves to share information!
How to See More (Bugs) in the Garden
There’s a wild, wacky world out there just waiting to be seen. Join horticulturist Julie Riley as she recounts some of her best entomological adventures as a Cooperative Extension horticulture agent. She has been to Adult Bug Camp two times! Julie once spent an entire Saturday night with Debbie Hinchey looking at bee butts. Julie promises to talk about her insect adventures and misadventures at the Alaska Botanical Garden. She promises to show up with bugs in her pockets and tips on how to SEE MORE in the garden. Seeing MORE is not always so easy when you can’t see so well. She’ll show you an amazing array of trapping techniques and how to access the insect collection at the UA Museum of the North. A list of insect pests according to plant host will also be provided.
Julie Riley is horticulture agent with UAF Cooperative Extension Service (CES). She works with home gardeners, small market growers and Alaska’s horticulture industry. She has trained over 1,000 Master Gardeners since 1984. She gardens in Fairbanks where slugs are not troublesome and leafminers are everywhere.
A Love Affair with Lasagna Gardening: The benefits of building garden beds from local, low-cost materials
Yarducopia helped build its first lasagna garden nearly a decade ago, and the method continues to be our bread and butter be it at a backyard, school, or community garden. We'll look at the basics of lasagna gardening, with an emphasis on what readily available materials work best when constructing a lasagna garden, how best to source them, growing tips, and some of the less obvious, health-, community-, and climate-related benefits of this gardening method.
Nick Riordan is the organic gardening & science coordinator for Alaska Community Action on Toxics, where he runs Yarducopia, a community gardening program with a long history of building lasagna beds across the Anchorage Bowl. In addition to being an Alaska Master Gardener and holding a permaculture design certificate, Nick has a doctorate in earth science, specializing in sediments, soils, and climate.
How Pruning Experts Think about Plants
The best pruners bring a non-verbal, spatial intuition to the foreground while making their cuts. Their confident, artistic frame of mind is supported with concise, accurate, relevant science. This workshop endeavors to offer you the full package.
Jonathan is a former certification instructor for the Int’l Society of Arboriculture at Lake Washington Technical Institute in Kirkland WA, where he served as advisor to the horticulture department, and developed and taught a range of adjunct classes. Jonathan also served on the education committee and helped develop the workshop curriculum at Seattle Tilth. Mostly though, Jonathan taught pruning, garden renovation and tree planting to thousands at PlantAmnesty over a 30 year period in the Seattle area, while working as a professional gardener and arborist.
Ellen Vande Visse
Beyond Compost: There are Other Ways to Build Your Humus
What if you could get more vibrant crops AND help reduce atmospheric CO2? Well, you absolutely can! Learn how to be a Carbon-Sequestering Gardener/Farmer. No matter that we expect hotter and drier summers. Mobilize these 7 strategies for more crop resilience, more colorful flowers, less irrigating, tastier veggies. Learn how to grow soil humus while stabilizing our climate.
For 12 years, Ellen played in the soil as a market gardener (organic, of course). For another 6-year tour of fun, she grew produce for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s kitchen, Alaska Branch. Ellen teaches courses on sustainable and non-toxic growing methods through UAA and Mat-Su College, as well as through her Good Earth Garden School near Palmer. She is now the Compost Instructor for the Mat-Su Borough, offering continual free classes. Ellen authored the Alaskan gardening book, Ask Mother Nature, A Conscious Gardeners Guide.
Growing Forest Gardens in Alaska
Working with nature to mimic healthy ecosystems, we can design forest gardens to grow food abundantly with less maintenance and few inputs. This talk will summarize over 15 years of trials in design and building of gardens and understanding the challenges of selecting trees, shrubs and perennial plants that can thrive in our area. We will talk about the micro-climates and how this influences garden design, as well as how to design for a changing climate using plants and landscape features.
Christine is passionate about growing food and helping others to grow food. The vast majority of her family’s vegetables and fruits come from their Anchorage Hillside forest garden. Christine has practiced permaculture for almost three decades and has a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Research Institute. She has taught mushroom cultivation workshops for Alaska Community Actions on Toxins (ACAT), Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and Mushrooms for the Garden and Composting workshops for Yarducopia/ACAT. For the past 6 years she taught Wild Edibles workshops for Winter BOW Workshop (ADF&G). Christine is also a biomedical scientist by training.
Starting May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 through September 13, 2020
Adults 18-64 ..................... $12
Students .............................. $10
Seniors 65+ ......................... $10
Military ................................... $10
Youth age 7-17 ............... $8
Children 6 and under ... FREE
Self Guided Camps, Daycare or Education groups ..... $5 per child
ABG does not extend free admission to members of other botanical gardens at this time. Members of other gardens are eligible for a 10% discount in the Gift Shop and Nursery.
WINTER GARDEN HOURS
(other than Holiday Lights)
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Closed major holidays
(other than Holiday Lights)
Sept 16, 2019 through
May 17, 2020